Yesterday I was out trying to photograph those nesting herons in that high tree, and lucky me, an eagle flew overhead and I had my camera set for birds in flight. It was quite the sight to see and hear with the eagle amidst the herons. Happy to report the eagle didn't get away with any baby herons.
Nikon D80 with a Tamron 200-400 AF 5.6 lens
Please note that I'm trying not to use an iso above 800 to minimize noise, and photographing wide open with as fast a shutter speed as I can manage for the lighting conditions (8am side lit I think because it was back lit the other way) which were not great but I had to try because of course it is an eagle...
My focus is not quite sharp enough, that I can work on... but I'm wondering about how to avoid/overcome those shadows under the wings.
Raw Photo 100% crop
Manual Matrix iso 640 SS 1600 F 5.6
My edit using LR 100% crop... If I try to lighten up the dark wing the noise is too much.
Are there different settings I could try to capture a better photo in the same conditions? with respect to focus I had it centered, continuous but the number of shots I could manage were limited. If I had a higher quality long lens would that make a big difference under these conditions?
How is my edit?
PS yes, I'm still on my break from C&C but I'd like to go back to see if the eagle returns and try again so I need help sooner rather than later. Maybe I should try panning with a slower shutter speed for more light... Is it possible to do that and still achieve sharp focus... Or is the fact of the matter that I just have to get closer and at eye level for a good shot of an eagle?