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Bald Eagle In A Blizzard
2nd PlaceBald Eagle In A Blizzard
Drake


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Masters' Free Study III (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR
Location: Fulton, Il
Date: Jan 18, 2014
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/1250
Date Uploaded: Jan 19, 2014

Took this during a snowstorm. It was coming down so hard that the auto focus was having problems. I like the effect of the white flakes against the eagle's dark wings.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 98
Avg (all users): 7.1475
Avg (commenters): 8.3478
Avg (participants): 7.0469
Avg (non-participants): 7.2017
Views since voting: 1640
Views during voting: 416
Votes: 183
Comments: 42
Favorites: 4 (view)


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02/05/2014 09:51:04 PM
Congrats on the ribbon. This is really beautiful - and the conditions look challenging.
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02/04/2014 10:35:43 AM
Extraordinary picture!! You captured grace and serenity with this one. Congrats on your ribbon!
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02/04/2014 02:40:34 AM
Good one, congrats on the ribbon
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02/03/2014 05:49:54 PM
this is beautiful...very well done
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02/03/2014 03:44:03 PM
National geographic worthy. No surprise at the placing.
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02/03/2014 02:57:06 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon; one of my top picks.
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02/03/2014 02:04:55 PM
Congratulations on winning the red with this stirring image.
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02/03/2014 12:22:59 PM
Glad to see this ribbon it deserved it, congratulations.
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02/03/2014 10:49:06 AM
Congrats on a really cool capture and a well deserved red ribbon.
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02/03/2014 08:34:31 AM
This is the class of all the wildlife shots, because it is wild. A very deserving ribbon winner, and my pick for Blue.
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02/03/2014 08:30:37 AM
My pick for the blue as this is a much harder shot to get than some bird sitting at a feeder. Ah well still a great shot.
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02/03/2014 06:50:47 AM
A well deserved win for a most excellent photo. Congrats!!
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02/03/2014 06:45:31 AM
So beautiful!! Huge congrats on the red!
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02/03/2014 02:51:09 AM
Such a great capture. Congrats on the Red!
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02/03/2014 01:12:45 AM
Thanks to all for the ribbon and kind comments. When I first arrived in Fulton for the photo shoot, it started snowing... and snowing... and snowing... Initially I thought that the 300 mile drive was wasted time, but as I started shooting the contrast between these might birds and the white snow flakes gave me hope that I may get a few decent shots.
Thanks again!!!
02/03/2014 12:51:42 AM
I knew this had to finish at the top
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02/03/2014 12:43:16 AM
Great image, congratulations!!
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02/03/2014 12:26:19 AM
Gorgeous capture in very difficult circumstances. Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/02/2014 11:39:48 PM
Great capture!
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02/02/2014 11:35:35 PM
Great shot.
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02/02/2014 10:19:42 PM
Wow. That's about as good as it gets. 9
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02/02/2014 07:32:35 PM
Wow. Wonderful shot.
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02/02/2014 07:11:54 PM
Beautiful! I love the detail that comes through in spite of the snow. Seeing the feathers lift and the intensity on the face is great. My favorite in this challenge (and not just because I like eagles either!)
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02/02/2014 05:21:26 PM
Terrific layering and DOF effects
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02/02/2014 12:46:22 PM
Gorgeous catch! I'd be curious to see what this looked like before processing. I'm wondering if he's just too bright to look realistic. Still an 8 from me. (voted earlier)
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02/02/2014 09:59:21 AM
fabulous !!!
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02/02/2014 05:17:14 AM
Superb how you have captured the snow and the bird so perfectly. Brilliant!
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02/02/2014 12:16:08 AM
Impressive creature
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02/01/2014 07:31:41 PM
Stunning detail.
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01/31/2014 03:06:19 PM
Terrific eagle portrait. Kudos for braving the weather.
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01/31/2014 11:53:48 AM
fairy tale snow
bump
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01/30/2014 08:09:58 PM
Gorgeous!
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01/29/2014 09:41:30 PM
Wow. Just great.
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01/29/2014 09:28:17 PM
See a lot of eagle shots but this one is pretty cool with the snow flying. Great detail on the eagle, the shot really works for me!
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01/29/2014 03:50:58 AM
Badass! Stunning.
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01/28/2014 08:43:41 PM
Beautiful bird in motion and the addition of snow makes it even better. Nicely done.
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01/28/2014 04:00:00 PM
What a great capture, just stunning.
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01/28/2014 12:11:10 PM
So remarkably beautiful. Outstanding detail. I'm baffled by how you achieved such detail under such conditions! Even the diagonal lines of the wings.
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01/28/2014 10:52:48 AM
breathtaking
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01/27/2014 07:56:41 PM
Best in show award, congrats, being in the right place at the right time with the snow made this image so great.
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01/27/2014 06:46:11 AM
Very nice shot, would have been proud to have taken this myself. Only thing that drags it down for me is the framing, a bit too central for my taste, but still an 8 in my books
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01/27/2014 12:25:56 AM
How to capitalize on a marvelous sight! Thanks for sharing. I love the curls of the wingtips.
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