Distant Eagles At Blackwater NWR

We finally got a chance to go back to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland to see if we could find some Bald Eagles to photograph. It is about a 4 hour trip from where we live. After getting there we were surprised to see 2 Bald Eagles in a tree right after entering the Refuge. One was on one side and the other was on the other side of the same tree. But those will be in a different post. The images here were taken near the end of the 3.6 mile Wildlife Drive across the water near the exit. There usually are Bald Eagle and Osprey nests in the trees because they can fish right below. The only problem is it is pretty far from where we are on the Wildlife Drive.

View of the trees across from the Wildlife Drive. There are usually many nests in the trees here because the Eagles & Ospreys can fish close to their nests. 17 Vertical Images Panorama, Tamron 150-600mm @ 150mm
2 Bald Eagles in Tree across from Wildlife Drive Exit. Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm, Canon R
2 Bald Eagles in Tree across from Wildlife Drive Exit. Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm, Sigma 2X Teleconverter for 1200mm, Canon R

Blackwater NWR Wildlife Drive Exit At Sunset

I was going through Backup Drives to cleanup duplicate files & unneeded images and I found a folder with sunset images from Blackwater NWR. The sunsets at Blackwater NWR can be very colorful and dramatic. The Featured Image was taken with a Canon 15mm Fisheye lens on a Canon 1DmkIII and was taken a little closer to the exit than the image below. The images taken with the 15mm Fisheye were adjusted in Photoshop to remove the “Fisheye” Look & Effect but maintain the wide view.

Blackwater End of Wildlife Drive Staightaway to Exit. Farther away to exit than Featured Image. 5img Pano, 15mm Fisheye Canon Lens, Canon 1D mk III
End of Wildlife Drive. Left side view on Staightaway to Exit. 24-105mm Canon Lens @ 32mm, Canon 1D mk III
Side View Before the Straightaway to Exit. 2 image pano with Canon 28-135mm lens @ 28mm, Canon 1dmk III
Setting Sun on other side of Straight away before turning to the exit. Canon 28-135 lens @ 41mm, Canon 1dmkiii

Sunrise & Sunset At Blackwater NWR

A series of sunrise and sunset images from a previous trip to Blackwater NWR near Cambridge, Maryland. The Featured Image was taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens with a 1.4X Teleconverter.

2 Image vertical stack of a Blackwater NWR Sunrise, Canon 24-105mm lens @ 105mm
Blackwater Sunset, 7 Images, 400mm DO lens, Canon 1.4X Teleconverter, 1D mkIV

Blackwater NWR Panoramas

Here are a few panoramas from the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland. The featured Sunrise image is a panorama image made with 5 horizontal overlapping images, each shot at 24mm and assembled in Photoshop. This is an image of the Little Blackwater River along the entrance to the Wildlife Drive. The final size for the featured sunrise image is 95 inches long x 18 inches high @ 300ppi. Sunrises & Sunsets are usually very colorful at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge which is one of my favorite photo destinations.


Blackwater NWR Sunrise across from the lookout platform along the Wildlife Drive. ( 2 image Pano)

Image below is a multi-image vertical panorama. Sometimes it is fun to try different format orientations instead of ones you usually see. Most panoramas are Horizontal.


2 vertical images blended for vertical Sunrise panorama shoot @ 24mm


Single 12mm Sunrise Image

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Dusk Panorama Further Down The Wildlife Drive. 10 vertical images @ 24mm combined for panorama 

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Dusk Panorama Along Wildlife Drive. 6 vertical images @ 12mm for panorama.


Blackwater Sunset Multi-image Panorama

I am still going through all the images I shot at Blackwater NWR. The featured image is another sunset panorama from our trip. This is a 3 image panorama shot @ 14mm with an Olympus m43 Camera (FOV 28mm full frame format equivalent). The panorama was blended in Photoshop.


BWR Sunset @ 14mm m43 format (single image)

More Blackwater NWR Landscapes and Panoramas

Some more panoramas & landscapes from our visit to Blackwater NWR. Featured image is a 3 image panorama, shot @ 48mm with a m43 Olympus and a 14-140mm lens. Assembled in Photoshop. Below are more assorted landscapes and panoramas from along the Wildlife Drive as the sun was setting.


Sunset setting @24mm Olympus OMD mk-1


Sun Setting along Wildlife Drive @14mm Olympus OMD mk-1


BWR Sunset Along Wildlife Drive @32mm. Eagles roosting on first tall snag and forth tall snag. The nest is in a tree further down to the right. Olympus OMD mk-1


BWR 3 img panorama before sunset @ 14mm, m43 Olympus OMD mk-1


BWR Sunset @ 14mm m43, Olympus OMD mk-1


BWR Sunset 14mm, 2 img stacked pano, @14mm, Olympus OMD mk-1

Blackwater NWR Sunrise

The featured Sunrise image is a series of horizontal images stacked vertically to get more of the colorful clouds and sky at sunrise. Five images shot at 12mm, aligned and blended together manually in Photoshop with soft edge masks. This view is not far from the entrance on the Wildlife Drive looking out over The Little Blackwater River.


6 images, horizontal, overlapping & combined manually in Photoshop for final image

The image below is around the corner from the featured & above image, by the Observation Platform, looking out at the Blackwater River.

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7 Image Panorama Sunset At Blackwater NWR

This is a 7 image capture of a sunset at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Handheld series with 7 overlapping images shot with a 400mm lens with a 1.4X teleconverter. I was photographing birds flying through the colorful sunset, going to roost or settle down for the evening, but the sunset was so colorful, I tried a quick series to capture a enough images for a panorama. Then a tried a couple of vertical panorama setups. Ending with just some detail sections.


Two image vertical panorama, 400mm with 1.4X Teleconverter



Two image vertical panorama, 400mm with 1.4X Teleconverter



Sunset @ 400mm


Dusk @ 400mm w/1.4X Teleconverter


Sunset @ 400mm w/1.4X Teleconverter


Blackwater Landscapes Along The Wildlife Drive

Usually we go to Blackwater NWR (Maryland) for photographing Eagles, Ospreys and other Birds & Wildlife. Or if we stay til dark, they have very colorful sunsets, being close to the coast. But lately I have been photographing more of the landscapes along the Wildlife Drive. Also gives some practice trying HDR techniques or Panoramas. The eagle population is still growing as many Eagles are returning to the Refuge for the Winter.  Next I have to try views along the trails. Usually when I am on the trails I have long lenses with me to capture birds in the trees. At this time of year the Ospreys have left and the Eagles are gaining numbers as many come down from Canada.

The featured image was a 5 shot panorama, over lapping images, shot at 24mm. The next image is a 6 image HDR bracketed panorama image assembled in Photoshop. 3 bracketed exposures for each of the 2 sections, combined in Photoshop. Still trying to get use to CC 2017 Photoshop, from my usual CS6 workflow.






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