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Because of this past Meetup from last year I found out about the eagles of Conowingo Dam. It is amazing! Well worth the trip.
I've heard that they are there through the winter. Don't know about summer.
You will have to take the biggest lens you have (or can get) because of distance, but don't let that deter you from going.
0 · November 20
I am very happy with the images everyone (or some of you) haveadded after the meetup. I have made comments on several of the images that have uploaded. They are ment as constructive critique. It is up to you what you choose to do with it.
I can tell that everyone had a good time and I am glad the eagles cooperated to give you chances at good shots. I think at least one was modeling for us.
If you are disappointed in the results of your shoot, remember that most people who try nature photography give up too soon. If you feel that your images are junk or poor, consider this: I shoot 308 images on on memory card, of those I delete 200 images as unacceptable to me. That's 66%! Of the remaining, I have 29 that are high quality images.
A friend of mine says, "Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while!" Keep trying, review what you have taken and learn from your mistakes, try not to repeat the same mistakes over again!
2 · November 27, 2012
I really enjoyed this meetup despite the cold and fog! This is the first time I had ever photographed eagles in the wild and am very happy with my outcome. I was very intimidated beforehand but now feel more confident in my abilities. I ended up with about 600 images of which I only kept 50. Many more were good just similar shots. Nothing as good as John & Art's shots but considering the equipment I was using I was ecstatic with the outcome! I look forward to attending more meetups in the future!
0 · November 28, 2012
Learned a lot yesterday. 1 - custom function would've been useful as i had a million hunting focus situations but i did just learn how to do that today. 2 - bald eagles have the most silly birdcall. 3 - vultures poop on feet to prevent disease from eating dead meat. 4 - my tripod mount would've connected to my lens after all. ha ha ha.
0 · November 24, 2012
Is there a reason for limiting attendees? Is it possible for people to go there on their own> Let me know, some friends and I would love to do this and have never heard of it. Didn't know if it was something that is done all the time at the dam or just on particular days. Let me know if possible or if not possible. Thanks
0 · November 19, 2012
About what time is the ETA at Conowingo? I know the area well. Nearby is Port Deposit which has remnants of its rock quarry days as well as abandoned railroad bridge that skirt the dam. The plateau was once a favorite UE spot for its abandoned boarding but is since off-limits due to regular patrols.
0 · November 22, 2012
For those of you who really want to purchase an ultimate cannon (not Canon) of a lens look at the Sigma 200 - 500mm F2.8 zoom with an extender to take it to 1000mm. If you have a small sensor, the equivalent maximum focal length would be about 1600mm! This lens costs as much as some new cars! It also wieghs 34.6 pounds!
0 · November 17, 2012
Sounds like an interesting Meetup John. Sorry to say I will not be able to make it that day. But, as your description says, this could be a daily opportunity. Should be good through December I would imagine.
Thanks for the great idea nd invitation!
BTW, my Hunt Race pics. turned out pretty good :)
0 · November 17, 2012
Looking forward to getting out there. Thanks for all the tips about lenses!
0 · November 14, 2012
will depend on if I have guest for Thanksgiving this year or not. very interested. will confirm later in the week.
0 · November 13, 2012