First time for eagles with new camera

Registered: Jan 11, 2013
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Had my new camera less than a week but finally made it out for some eagle shoots yesterday.
I only have a 300 f4 + 1.4 TC, (you really need 500+ at lock & dam 14), so this is cropped a lot,
still pretty good with the D800E.

Suggestions, comments?


replaced the original one with one not so contrasty..

Registered: Feb 08, 2005
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Hi Wapsijims,

Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on the new camera.

I like where you placed the eagle in the frame, and you were dealing with some fairly harsh light. The only suggestions I would offer would be a) try to get closer to the subject (or get a longer lens, as you mentioned), and b) take lots and lots of pictures.

Birds in flight are difficult to photograph and your ratio of misses to hits will be high.

Good luck, and keep posting images!

Dennis B.

P.S. You might want to tell us your name -- it might be easier than "Wapsijims".

Registered: Jan 11, 2013
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Thanks for the welcome. My name is Jim Shannon (I added it to my profile too).

Here's one more, a little closer, maybe 50 yards.....

Registered: Jun 23, 2008
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So the river isn't frozen over as of yesterday...

Thanks for sharing.

Registered: Nov 28, 2008
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#2 appears to be processed much better than the first. The harsh light in #1 has blown the white on the eagles head! Don

Conrad Tan
Registered: Dec 08, 2007
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Always a treat to see

Mark Cronin
Registered: Nov 05, 2011
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Some nice action Jim,

Welcome aboard,

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Lil Judd
Registered: Oct 19, 2007
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Nicely done Jim

I guess I need to use my D800 more for birds, but I love the crop factor of my D300

Welcome to the forum


Registered: Oct 17, 2003
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Hey Jim
Welcome to FM, enjoy the new camera & keep shooting those eagles

Registered: Jan 27, 2011
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Welcome to the forum! Nice first captures. I shoot at L&D 14 from time to time. Practice on the gulls, and set your white off them so when you do get an eagle your white balance will be set.

My rule of thumb as to where I start is on bright days like what you had -1 to 1 &2/3 under. On cloudy gray days I go all the way up to 2 over on EV.

Play around and KEEP shooting!

Ron Warren
Registered: Mar 01, 2002
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wapsijims wrote:
Suggestions, comments?

I think you are doing just fine. We have eagles at Guntersville Dam. At first I thought you were local.

You might tidy up the harsh light in the first photo but some times I can't get it right. If your doing this well with a 300mm you will get many more shots in the future.

Registered: May 02, 2010
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Welcome JIm ! Nice set ! Would love to get an eagle in flight


Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Welcome Jim. You are off to a nice start with these two shots ~ Ron

Registered: Feb 02, 2010
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nice ones Jim .. congrats on the new camera

Registered: Mar 13, 2004
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Great shots. Enjoy your D800E.

Larry Williams
Registered: Nov 05, 2006
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Howdy and welcome to the forum and to LD 14. Now you've got the eagle bug like the rest of us. Nice shooting.


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Welcome to the forum Jim. Nice images.