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Congratulations to mitesh for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 7 votes - View Previous Winners


Thanks to Geoff for inspiring me to make the trek out to Haines, AK to visit the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. It is truly a place to be experienced. I arrived in Haines with a mental list of images that I wanted to come away with, but most of all, I also wanted to capture the emotion of being here and to include the eagles' beautiful habitat in the images.

Apologies for the image heavy post, but I figured the forum is going to get inundated with eagle posts soon, so I might as well get them all out of the way in one post. With so many images, I won't ask for C&C, but I would be most appreciative for any and all comments, suggestions, and especially constructive criticisms.

Thanks!




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  Canon EOS 7D Mark II    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens    188mm    f/5.0    1/80s    160 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/5.6    1/640s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens    400mm    f/5.6    1/20s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT lens    560mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens    70mm    f/4.0    1/800s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Nov 14, 2015 at 10:11 AM
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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/5.6    1/800s    3200 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens    70mm    f/14.0    1/100s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS 7D Mark II    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens    400mm    f/5.6    1/200s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT lens    280mm    f/5.6    1/800s    4000 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens    153mm    f/5.0    1/6s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  




Nov 14, 2015 at 10:14 AM
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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/6.3    1/640s    250 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/5.6    1/400s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens    386mm    f/4.0    1/640s    3200 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT lens    560mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens    112mm    f/4.5    1/640s    320 ISO    0.0 EV  




Nov 14, 2015 at 10:16 AM
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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens    232mm    f/4.0    1/640s    2500 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/5.6    1/400s    3200 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS 7D Mark II    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens    100mm    f/4.5    1/640s    320 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/5.6    1/400s    3200 ISO    0.0 EV  




Nov 14, 2015 at 10:18 AM
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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/5.6    1/640s    3200 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens    100mm    f/5.6    1/800s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens    250mm    f/4.0    1/400s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS 7D Mark II    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens    400mm    f/5.6    1/800s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  




Nov 14, 2015 at 10:21 AM
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  Canon EOS 7D Mark II    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens    349mm    f/5.6    1/80s    320 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/5.6    1/320s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS 7D Mark II    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens    300mm    f/5.0    1/80s    160 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens    200mm    f/5.6    1/125s    250 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/5.6    1/800s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  




Nov 14, 2015 at 10:25 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve (image heavy)


This is incredible. Very hard to pick a favorite. I like the EIF shots, but the wider angle landscape shots, in particular 22, 23, 27, are very impressive, too.


Nov 14, 2015 at 11:29 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve (image heavy)


Don't know where to begin but all were and are wonderful. Thanks for going so we can sit here and enjoy your wonderful pictures- really masterpieces.

dan



Nov 14, 2015 at 12:19 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve (image heavy)


Wow, what more can I say. Outstanding
Paul



Nov 14, 2015 at 12:30 PM
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Ok, now that I got that out of the way, a few comments....first, I loved the comment you made about having mental images of what you wanted to photograph...having that "checklist" served you very well in accomplishing your photographic goal. All too easy to, no pun intended, focus on the main subject and forget about the stage, backdrop, whatever and you most certainly came away with some breath taking images of Haines' magnificent scenery. I think those images, with the eagles being observers of the mountains and landscape, in fact, are the strongest and the ones I would be printing. The close ups are all wonderful with the calling eagle and 4, 6,12, 14 20, 25 also top choices.(I keep going back and might just add the whole lot to the favorites soon!)
So glad you got what you wanted....Geoff suggested you might want to chuck your 7D2 in the river...and considering the amount of equipment you brought (24-70 100-400, 200-400, 800) you'd hardly miss it on the plane flight back....I share your love-hate with that camera (misery loves company )...but you do seem to have gotten some striking images with it so I'd likely give it another chance at least until April when the 1DxM2 comes out...then ditch the sonofabitch .
Also really glad that Geoff was a much better host than we were with him as he actually produced birds to photograph and not 60mph winds in a driving snow storm...I'm sure you will have the occasional image that you still haven't shared and will be looking forward to them.
Eric

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A great set Mitesh. I'm with Eric - as much as I enjoyed the eagle shots, the landscapes with eagles in them are stronger. If you decide to print any of these, I think the landscapes would be a better reminder of your trip ~ Ron


Nov 14, 2015 at 01:29 PM
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I'm really glad you decided to shoot and share so many of the wider shots from your trip Mitesh. In my mind they steal the show. I know how difficult it is to break with the order of the day, photographing eagles, and then shift into the mindset of trying to capture the environment and all the non eagle beauty of the area you visiting. I think you did a marvelous job of that, kudos for that I like that you left the blue light blue in the landscapes, that works very nicely and conveys the tranquil feel of the moment as well as translating the dim light and the difficulties that brings. For the wider shots my picks are 1, love the feel of that one and 8, a marvelously sublime shot. Looking at the eagle shots and the exif data I'm reminded of shooting eagles in my neck of woods during our winter eagle season, it isn't easy. I think you did a great job getting sharp shots and the correct WB in your processed images. I can also still hear the echos of your head exploding from having to work with multiple targets and the decisions/challenges that presents 12 is my pick of the birdies, I like so much about that image. There is just the right amount of blowing snow, the wind blown feathers, the expression, the flow of the image and overall comp make that one a true standout for me. I might suggest cropping or removing the bare log on the bottom right ? For my eyes it's a bit of a distraction to the subtle blend of whites that make up the canvas.

Great work Mitesh, I'm sure you guys loved every minute of it!

Tim



Nov 14, 2015 at 01:32 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve (image heavy)


Incredible series! Great shots literally 'in context' gives the closer eagle images a sense of scale and place.

Your mental picture(s) are a joy to view.

Charles



Nov 14, 2015 at 02:08 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve (image heavy)


You definitely captured the emotion of being there with these images, Mitesh. Your set shows the excitement of the action and the serenity of the place. Great techs and tasteful compositions make this set a masterpiece. Well done!
Socrate



Nov 14, 2015 at 02:37 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve (image heavy)


Spectacular images, Mitesh. Love some of your takes on the landscapes. #18 is superb. What a gorgeous portrait with a lovely background.

Ed



Nov 14, 2015 at 02:54 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve (image heavy)


Super set, you capture the birds and the mood of the place beautifully.


Nov 14, 2015 at 03:03 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve (image heavy)


Awesome Mitesh! Can't believe the number of birds in #27 - what an amazing sight.


Nov 14, 2015 at 03:39 PM
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this set is a delight to view Mitesh. Great action, wonderful environmental portraits and some super landscapes.

Well done. Are you going back?

Morris



Nov 14, 2015 at 03:39 PM
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Awesome images, all of them. Thank you so much for sharing them as well as your journey from which they arose. Carolyn


Nov 14, 2015 at 06:36 PM
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very nice images Mitesh


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