I've received a number of questions on this photo at art shows, asking how did I get this image? Here is a quick explanation. To start no PhotoShop was performed on this image. It is the real thing. I was photographing after dusk during the Festival of the Cranes. The cars were pouring out of the park, and to my astonishment they lit the cranes as they past. The cranes were not disturbed in any way. I usually shoot on Tungsten to get that rich blue color as a starting point. The exposure was 30 seconds at f4.5 with a Canon 24mm f1.4 lens. In Lightroom, I added 19 points of Vibrance and some Clarity. No Saturation or changes to color blue were added. Sharpening was normal, and some Noise reduction was used. This truly was a once of a lifetime image, and available in print in the North American Cranes "Fine Art" Section.
This image was originally photographed for Color. The light was soft and the sky was blue. Because of the lighting it gave great detail in the wings and feathers. By converting the image to B/W in Lightroom, I bumped up the contrast, and brought out the shadows. Now you can see all the feathers on this great bird. This Eagle is in her twenties and on her second life partner, I've been following her for years. She is gorgeous, strong, and defiant against urban growth. That's what I wanted the image to display. This image is available in Print. Look in the Florida Fine Art Portfolio.
Maresa Pryor-Luzier was named female nature photographer of the month by Wild Planet's November 2016 Digital issue. She is a founding member of the North American Nature Photographers Association and a member of Female Nature Photographers.