In January, when I traveled to eastern Iowa to photograph wintering Bald Eagles on the Mississippi River, I decided to open this trip up to a small group of photographers as a mini-photo workshop. One of my regular photography students, Pat G., made the trip and worked beside me for 4 days. I have been with Pat for some other, in-the-field day workshops, photographing wildflowers. But Pat was wanting to learn how to capture in-flight birds and she has a strong interest in bald eagles. We worked on several important aspects of bald eagle photography, including proper ISO settings (especially for capturing in-flight eagles in low light situations), panning with the flying eagles, and maintaining a high shutter speed to freeze the action of the birds as they flew by and fished the river.
I asked Pat to send me a few of her favorite images from that workshop, and here are a few of her favorites that she sent me:
And one of the many interactions where one eagle was trying to steal a fish from another eagle:
And a nice sequence of a Bald Eagle catching a fish out in front of us:
I think you will agree that Pat did a wonderful job capturing a pretty difficult situation … in-flight and active birds in low light … especially for someone who had not shot active bald eagles before! What do you think?
This workshop ran so well that I am planning on doing another one next January. If you have an interest in possibly attending, please forward your e-mail to me (via firstname.lastname@example.org , and I will put you on the “immediate notify list” for early notification as soon as I have some dates set, later this fall).
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 60D
- Canon 100mm-300mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6
- Manfrotto tripod, with Bogen ballhead
- ISO 320 to 640
- Aperture f/5.6 to f/7.1
- Shutter 1/200 sec. (all images)