Yellowstone Photo Tour 2014 Trip #2 – Day 2

Posted Jan. 16th, 2014 by Daniel J. Cox

Just one image from today. I’m teaching workflow tonight so I’ve grabbed just one picture from our day in Yellowstone. This image is all about action photography and when I saw this bald eagle sitting in a tree along the Firehole River I grabbed my Nikon D4 with the 600mm F/4 lens. This eagle was facing up river and from his posture and the way he was pointed I knew it was going to be a great opportunity for flight shots when he jumped from his perch. As the coach pulled to a stop I made sure everybody knew that we had to exit very, very quietly. Our goal is always never to disturb but often birds will move on while we’re still hanging around. Everybody did a great job getting out and ready to start photographing this beautiful bird. After about fifteen minutes he decided to move on and that’s when I shot this image of him heading up river.

A beautiful, mature bald eagle takes flight after about fifteen minutes of preflight photography as it sat in a tree along the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park.

A beautiful, mature bald eagle takes flight after about fifteen minutes of preflight photography as it sat in a tree along the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park.

I had adjusted my ISO to 1600 and was able to fire the camera at 1/3200th of a second at F/7.1. It was a fast shutter speed for action and moderate aperture for better than wide open depth of field. I hand held the 600mm F/4 which I do quite often since moving to the D4. The D4 is without a doubt the king of high ISO shooting and this is just one example of how well it can perform.

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  1. Christine CrosbyOn Jan. 15th, 2014

    and Paul says, “geez, handheld!!?? Tell him he must be working out again!!” ;o) Great shot, Dan!!! I’m super excited to have a lens I can handhold again in the 80-400mm. This is awesome!

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