This image was created near Homer, AK with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens with the 2XIII TC (hand held at 238mm) and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops off the sky: 1/1600 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode.
Bald Eagle Squabble/Interactive Photoshop Lesson
The optimized image is above. The original capture below.
This JPEG represents the original, the converted RAW file.
The adult and the immature (the dark bird) were squabbling over the codfish that we had put out for them on a spit. I had swapped out the 1.4XIII TC for the 2XIII TC so that I would have more reach when photographing single birds. Here of course I needed to zoom well out from my 400mm maximum focal length.
Obviously I did lots of work here in Photoshop; I spent about 30 minutes on the image. Leave a comment and let me know what changes I made (there were many!) and what Tools/techniques you think that I used to make them. Here is how we will play the game: each of you may comment on one change and how you think I implemented that change. Those who own and have studied Digital Basics will of course be on top of things. Then I will respond to each comment.
Below is a list of the gear (or the current replacement) that I used to create the images above. Thanks a stack to all who have used the Shopper’s Guide links to purchase their gear as a thank you for all the free information that we bring you on the Blog and in the Bulletins. Before you purchase anything be sure to check out the advice in our Shopper’s Guide.
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens. Man, I am loving this lens on my shoulder with the 2X III teleconverter. I also use it a lot–depending on the situation–with the 1.4X III TC.
Canon 2X III teleconverter. I use this with both the 70-200 and with the 800 (the latter while focusing in Live View as described in our Mark IV User’s Guide).
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV professional digital camera body. The very best professional digital camera body that I have ever used.
And from the BAA On-line Store:
Delkin 32gb e-Film Pro Compact Flash Card. These high capacity cards are fast and dependable.