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Bald Eagle

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Post edited over 6 years ago by Bclaf. (3 edits in all)
Jan 09, 2015 19:54 |  #1

Went birding for the first time in awhile and I saw a bald eagle fly slightly over head. From my standing point I had to shoot towards the sun, unfortunately the sky is blown out. Does anyone have any post processing tips on how to recover the sky in this image??

Here are my efforts so far:

IMAGE LINK:​gN  (external link) Bald-Eagle (external link) by Brandon Claflin (external link), on Flickr

This has been edited in LR. I added a graduated filter above the head that slightly reduces exposure as well as add some blue to the color temperature. I also brushed the sky to do the same thing, If I push further the area around the wing heavily suggests post processing was done.

I am about to put it in Photoshop CC and explore around with that.

Thanks for any help or suggestions!

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Jan 09, 2015 23:09 |  #2

Might try lifting the shadows just a bit to show more feather detail, I like the image a lot.


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Jan 09, 2015 23:31 |  #3

Very nice capture and yes lifting the shadows would help also. Unfortunately there is little you can do when shooting into that situation, happens to me all the time.

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Jan 10, 2015 02:11 |  #4

Very nice. Happens a lot to me too. :-)

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Jan 10, 2015 04:12 |  #5

I like the backlit effect on the white tail feathers. The hint of white clouds also adds to the image. (external link)

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Jan 10, 2015 23:41 |  #6

Good job.

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