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Old Feb 28, 2013, 3:48 PM   #1
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Around my local harbour we have a pair of sea eagles - and they can often be seen in the distance or skimming the water at great speed as they swoop to catch a meal

Yesterday I noticed one perched on top of a light pole on the bridge across the river - here is 2 of my shots

1- watching and waiting ...

Exif = Fuji X-s1; 1/280s x f6,3; 600mm [eq]; iso-100

2- possible meal below ?

Exif = Fuji X-s1; 1/320s x f5,6; 600mm [eq]; iso-100

There is a breeze coming from camera-right to left, fluffing the bird's feathers, and trucks going past me were causing the bridge to vibrate as well!

camera to subject distance was about 20 - 25 metres

As always, comments welcome
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Old Feb 28, 2013, 9:57 PM   #2
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Very nice Phil; fearsome beak and claws.
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Nice captures Phil.

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Very nice Phil; fearsome beak and claws.
Thanks everybody ...
I have been told elsewhere that the birds are Ospreys - they have brown feathers around the head, whereas Sea Eagles are all white ~ even though the locals who I talked to about the birds, all referred to them as 'eagles'

3- Closeup of the eye & beak ~ 640px crop at 100%


4- Closeup of the talons ~ as above


Both fearsome items ...

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Great shots, Phil. I'm curious how much PP you did on your 100% crops.
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Thanks Gary

PP is via Elements

The only pp I seem to do [regularly] is a tiny tweak of Levels
In this case on each full-frame image - each channel black was tweaked maybe from zero to 10 to 15 ~ ie not much at all, with the whites all being 'okay'
and I decided to follow up with AutoSharpen - something I don't usually use

The 640px crops were taken from the above pp'd images without further pp

The Fuji was in 3:2 mode so the 12mpx sensor was shooting at about 10mpx [4000 x 2662] if this makes any difference??

Does this help?

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Thanks Gary

PP is via Elements

The only pp I seem to do [regularly] is a tiny tweak of Levels
In this case on each full-frame image - each channel black was tweaked maybe from zero to 10 to 15 ~ ie not much at all, with the whites all being 'okay'
and I decided to follow up with AutoSharpen - something I don't usually use

The 640px crops were taken from the above pp'd images without further pp

The Fuji was in 3:2 mode so the 12mpx sensor was shooting at about 10mpx [4000 x 2662] if this makes any difference??

Does this help?

Regards, Phil
I was curious because at 100% crop there is a very noticeable lack of noise. Very, VERY clean. I may have to look into selling my HS-20 and getting a X-S1!
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Okay - I see where you're coming from
No - don't sell your old camera

Noise is there in every camera's sensor - even the big-name, big-boys toys
Let me post another set of images specifically looking at noise, this time in a shady environment ~ give me a day or two ......

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G'day all

Around my local harbour we have a pair of sea eagles - and they can often be seen in the distance or skimming the water at great speed as they swoop to catch a meal

Yesterday I noticed one perched on top of a light pole on the bridge across the river - here is 2 of my shots

1- watching and waiting ...

Exif = Fuji X-s1; 1/280s x f6,3; 600mm [eq]; iso-100

2- possible meal below ?

Exif = Fuji X-s1; 1/320s x f5,6; 600mm [eq]; iso-100

There is a breeze coming from camera-right to left, fluffing the bird's feathers, and trucks going past me were causing the bridge to vibrate as well!

camera to subject distance was about 20 - 25 metres

As always, comments welcome
Regards, phil

Phil,

People have been working for many years up (down) here to make them more common. The work has resulted in a significantly increased number

Glad to see pictures of them from Australia

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Elegant cropping by the way
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nice sharp shots of a cool raptor
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