Last summer I had a chance to spend some time with this eagle. I managed to get this shot I like to call “Keep It Down Down There!”

 

SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

 

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EXIF:

Nikon D810
Sigma 150-600mm C
f/8
1/250s
150mm
200 ISO

 

Lightroomed

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  • Exposure, highlights and blacks lowered
  • Shadows and whites raised

 

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  • Clarity, vibrance and saturation raised

 

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  • Sharpening with masking raised

 

Photoshopped

 

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Another boring background, time to switch it up in Photoshop…

 

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I like the subtle clouds in this photo…

 

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Getting there, time to add a vignette…

 

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Chose where I wanted to darken

 

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Blurred out the vignette and lowered the opacity,

 

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Then I thought the clouds looked to in focus, so I blurred that layer out a bit.

 

Final Thoughts

I took this a few weeks after buying the Sigma 150-600mm. I was still getting used to the fact that it zooms in the opposite direction of Nikon lenses.

If I was just going to stay at 150mm I should have switched to the 70-200mm which is much sharper. I should have tried 500mm or so onto this guy, maybe next year!

 

Other Shots

 

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