bald eagle, bird of prey, Topaz Labs, Anne Denese, NWPLI, wildlife photography
© Anne Denese

The Bird from Conowingo

“I was pleased with this image as it was somewhat of a right place right time capture–my photo buddies next to me did not record this particular scene. As many of us know, with moving targets like bald eagles, you get a few and you miss a few,” explains nature and wildlife photographer, Anne Denese.

A favorite subject to shoot, Denese has photographed this bird of prey in ten different states from Alaska to New Mexico to Maine. The particular bald eagle shown above was spotted at the Conowingo Dam in Maryland, a favorite photography destination just four hours outside of her Long Island residence. “This is my third year to go there in a row in late fall and early winter. The eagle population can vary as my first trip there was a dud in comparison to the last two.”

Equipment Used

As for photography gear, don’t expect to easily obtain this kind of shot with any regular lens. Weighing over ten pounds, attached to her Nikon D4 (at 1,000mm) was a Nikon 600mm f/4 telephoto lens. The lens was then attached to a Gitzo 5 series tripod with a Wimberley Head. Camera settings were: f/8 at 1/1250 seconds with an ISO of 400.

Nikon, Lens, Topaz Labs, Anne Denese, bald eagle, wildlife photography© Nikon

Denese’s bald eagle image can also be found on the Nature and Wildlife Photographers of Long Island’s (NWPLI) website, in which the photo received first place in their January photo competition (she received a copy of Topaz ReStyle as top prize).

When it comes to post-processing, Denese claims, “For my nature and wildlife images, I try to shoot in a way that will require minimal or no processing to keep them as natural as possible. At times I use DeNoise for backgrounds or Detail for my subject, but am looking forward to testing out the new software.”

See more of Anne Denese’s photography on her website as well as her page on the NWPLI site.
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