Phoenix Rising

© Nick Lagos

Phoenix Rising

Uploaded: January 11, 2008 03:56:26


Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/3200 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 800, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 145.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 30D


Gail Vitikacs level-classic January 11, 2008

INCREDIBLE! Should be in a magazine! #827207

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict January 11, 2008

I see a winner here, Nick, great image.

Dominick #5323140

Lori Dunn January 11, 2008

An amazing capture! #5323173

Claudia Kuhn level-classic January 11, 2008

Wonderful timing Nick! Terrific! #5323188

Brett Dolsen January 11, 2008

Awesome capture Nick!!
Brett #5323208

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic January 11, 2008

What a fabulous capture and wonderful pose! Great timing. (Somehow, he looks to me like he's having fun, jumping on a trampoline!)
Blessings, Lisa #5323231

Lynne Morris level-classic January 11, 2008

Wow Nick, this is an awesome capture, amazing clarity and details and perfect timing! #5323258

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-deluxe January 11, 2008

Oh wow!!! Outstanding!!! #5323284

Sheila Faryna level-addict January 11, 2008

Wow!!! Amazing capture and timing Nick :-) #5324017

Michelle Alton January 11, 2008

The title is just PERFECT! What an amazing image!

Michelle #5324250

Guy D. Biechele level-classic January 17, 2008

Superb capture! Really amazing image. #5354164

Kristi A. Howson January 23, 2008

You get the most amazing shots mate. A very dynamic and powerful image! #5384616

Dianna Murphy February 25, 2008

Wow, amazing image. #5548997

Jennifer L. Alder February 29, 2008

WOW from me as well, Nick!
Sensational capture-- huge congrats on this well deserved POTD! :) #5570670

Nancy (Peaches) Harker February 29, 2008

AWSOME AWSOME capture!!! Amazing!!!
HUGE Congrat's on a VERY deserved POTD!!! #5570724

Avril Young February 29, 2008

outstanding photo....congrats! #5570815

Mary K. Robison February 29, 2008

Congratulations on your well-deserved POTD, Nick! #5570835

EVELYN T. COFER February 29, 2008

Beautiful and perfect timing.
I would love to know which lens you used to capture this beautiful creature. What distance would you estimate you were from the bird?


Michelle Alton February 29, 2008

What an absolutely INCREDIBLY beautiful capture! A completely well deserved POTD. Congratulations, Nick!
Michelle #5570953

Michael S. Lazarus February 29, 2008

This is what's really great about POTD. You get to see some incredible shots like this one. Congratulations NIck! #5570986

Milan Banik February 29, 2008

superb shot- love this ,deserved potd.congratulations #5571010

Robert G. Stalnaker February 29, 2008

Like Evelyn Thompson asked about the lens and distance, I too would like to know about the image so I am sure what I am looking at. Is it a composite photo? Is this a captive animal? Was a flash used? To really understand an image and learn, it would be nice to have some basic info like Evelyn asked re lens and distance, captive versus wild, etc. Thanks Nick. Enjoy your gallery as you are a fav of mine. #5571018

Joy Rector February 29, 2008

congrats on the POTD #5571030

Linda D. Krehbiel February 29, 2008

This is outstanding. Great POTD! #5571083

RC Fritz February 29, 2008

WOW!!Perfect timing, Nick! Congratulations! #5571383

Bob D. Hall level-classic February 29, 2008

Great shot, Nick! Very well done! #5571385

Marilyn Flanagan February 29, 2008

Beautiful! #5571411

Claudia Kuhn level-classic February 29, 2008

Big congrats on your potd! Great to see this one again! #5571440

Josselyne Klecanda February 29, 2008

WOW!!!Incredibly outstanding. I am in awe.
Congrats for great work of art. #5571506

February 29, 2008

I am in awe..(my jaw drops as I stare at your photo) One of the most incredible images I have seen. #5571780

Michael Umbreit February 29, 2008

Nick - Great shot! Congratulations on your POTD! - Mike #5571833

Kathy L. Clark February 29, 2008

What a glorious image of this beautiful bird Nick. Congrats on a very well deserved POTD. I have never seen one of these before. I thought it was an albino Eagle. #5571867

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict February 29, 2008

Excellent capture, Nick, hearty congrats on your POTD!

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic February 29, 2008

Congrats on your Awesome to start the list of discribing a once in a lifetime type shot. I agree a magazine should have this one....n #5571883

Nick Lagos February 29, 2008

Thanks everyone for all your kind and gracious comments and especially to the judge who chose it...This is a Sea Eagle taken at Lone Pine was taken with a Canon 30D and a 70-200 IS Canon lens...F stop was 5.6,ISO 800,Focal Length 145mm, Shutter Speed 1/3200, No Flash, Single frame not composite...hope that helps those who wanted to know...ta #5572106

Linda D. Lester level-classic February 29, 2008

Awesome shot Nick! Congratulations on this well deserved POTD!!! #5572248

Stefania Barbier level-addict February 29, 2008

what an amazing capture... congrats on your well deserved POTD! #5572254

Judy V. Kennamer level-classic February 29, 2008

Totally gorgeous Nick!!! Congrats on your POTD! #5572287

Kristal Gortat February 29, 2008

WOW...What an amazing capture! Congrats! #5572370

Bill Houghton February 29, 2008

Outstanding shot Nick. Great work. Bill

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SaMi Martin February 29, 2008

Outstanding image Nick; Congratulations on your POTD! #5572394

February 29, 2008

Congratulations -amazing, beautiful capture! #5572403

Kristi A. Howson February 29, 2008

Fantastic seeing this one get POTD here matey!!!. Just an incredible capture with perfect timing. You never cease to amaze me Nick. BIG Congratulations!!!! #5572474

Robert Mann level-classic February 29, 2008

Great to see the marvelous image again, Nick! Many congrats on your POTD! #5572482

Donna La Mattino Pagakis February 29, 2008

Great timing on this wildlife capture Nick, a great potd. Congrats! #5572863

February 29, 2008

Great shot. Awesome capture #5572886

Nancy Donnell February 29, 2008

Beautiful capture!! #5572919

Zsuzsanna M. Szugyi level-classic February 29, 2008

Fantastic capture Nick! #5573113

Sharon F. Morris February 29, 2008

Congrats Nick on you POTD. Beautiful image great timing and clarity. #5573540

Jean Crankshaw February 29, 2008

What a great POTD for Leap Day! You know I love this one matey, great to see it again. Congrats Nick on your superb POTD. #5573548

Mary Clarke February 29, 2008

Congratulations on POTD Nick, wonderful image. #5573735

Nadine A. Lewis level-classic February 29, 2008

Oh my goodness, Nick!!! This is FANTASTIC!!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your much deserved POTD!!! <>< #5573877

Laurie Daily level-deluxe February 29, 2008

Just amazing, Nick... Congrats on this fabulous POTD! #5574533

Patricia Ronan February 29, 2008

Terrific image, congrats on your POTD:) #5574772

February 29, 2008

WONDERFUL!! How can I say more? #5574791

Donna R. Wageman February 29, 2008

OH MY, OH MY --------------- this is exquisite! The details of the feathers, the coloring, etc. stupendous. #5574803

Kathleen R. Struckle February 29, 2008

Stunning capture. Congrats on POTD!! #5574879

Sara And Dick level-addict February 29, 2008

Beautiful! Everything else has been said... Congratulations, Dick & Sara #5574894

Corinne M. Thompson February 29, 2008

Congrats on your POTD for this most excellent capture! #5575556

Evy Johansen level-classic February 29, 2008

Beautiful capture, Nick!! BIG congratulations on your POTD!! #5575604

Laura L. Gonzales level-classic February 29, 2008

Fantastic capture Nick!!! Way to go on your POTD!!!! Has winner written all over it!! Laura #5575992

Robert G. Stalnaker March 01, 2008

Nick, thx for the info, but I'm still wondering about this lighting. You said you did not use a flash, yet the background indicates that it is night, or close to it. If not a flash, how was the body of the eagle lit up?

Also, raptors are so wary of people. Not only is this eagle close to you to begin with, it is actually flying toward you as it prepares to land, not away from you like it is alarmed. The lens you used was not a strong telephoto. Being around raptors for 30 years, I can't figure out the behavior here. Where is the eagle headed? Lot's of people love this image, like I do, but I am surprised only Evelyn and I asked any questions. I'm sure many wish they knew how this was done. Thx #5576017

Cheryl Meisel March 01, 2008

WOWWWWWWW what a super shot!!!
BIG CONGRATS on your wins with it!
Cherylm #5576300

Stanley C. Sims March 01, 2008

There are no words left. All of the above describes this photo fully.
Congrats on the PODT Nick.. #5579298

Terry Cervi level-classic March 05, 2008

Well, better late than never, Matey. Congrats on this stunning POTD!! #5595158

Robert G. Stalnaker March 05, 2008

Nick? #5595671

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe March 07, 2008

Great job Nick; congrats on your Excellent POTD!! Jeff #5608979

Harry E. Pherson April 11, 2008

Excellent capture Nick...congrats on POTD #5777196

Claudia Kuhn level-classic May 19, 2008

Congrats on a fine finalist, and good luck! #5942693

Michelle Alton May 19, 2008

Congratulations on this amazing Finalist, Nick. Good luck going forward!
Michelle #5942710

Erica Murphy level-deluxe May 19, 2008

Congratulations! Great shot! #5944104

Donna R. Wageman May 19, 2008

WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL. Congratulations!! #5944344

Marina Moore May 19, 2008

Congratulations Nick!!!! Beautiful image! :) #5944808

Guy D. Biechele level-classic May 19, 2008

Congratulations, Nick! Fantastic shot. #5945409

Claudia Kuhn level-classic May 19, 2008

HOLY COW!!!! Another GRAND PRIZE!!!!!


anonymous May 19, 2008

Congratulations Nick on you Outstanding Grand Prize Win! B- #5946151

Eugenio Diaz May 19, 2008

Congratulations on your Beautiful GRAND PRIZE!
Well done!!! #5946231

Sharon Sawyer May 19, 2008

Congratulations on your GRAND PRIZE WINNER, Nick !!!! #5946467

A P May 19, 2008

Congratulations on your GPW. That's one incredible capture, Nick. Outstanding!!! #5946625

Amanda Cass May 19, 2008

oh my gosh this is the most beautiful photo of a bird I have ever seen ! congrats nick you are truly an amazing photogrpaher! #5946674

Susan M. Campbell May 19, 2008

Incredible shot. Congrats on this well deserved winner. #5946797

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic May 19, 2008

Congratulations on your GRAND PRIZE win!!!
~♥~Lisa #5946885

Melissa Picone May 19, 2008

Absolutely amazing! Congratulations on you win. You deserve it. This photo is incredible. : ) #5946911

Robert Mann level-classic May 19, 2008

Big huge, marvelous congrats, Matey! #5946959

Jose Luis Castro Ponciano May 19, 2008

Amazing shoot Nick, congratulations, the perfect moment in the perfect site, simply fantastic, what a wonderfull pic, this should be a national geographic cover. greetings. #5947462

Joan Powell May 19, 2008

Congrats on this masterpiece !!!! #5947477

Donna La Mattino Pagakis May 19, 2008

I'm so happy for you Nick!!! A beautiful image and GRAND PRIZE winner!!! Well done!! #5947567

Kristi A. Howson May 19, 2008

Awesome Nick...what a thrill to see this one as Grand Prize Winner. A incredible shot and very deserving. Congratulations on this outstanding win matey! #5947600

Jeana Clark May 19, 2008



~J~ #5947807

RC Fritz May 19, 2008

Congratulations on your Fantastic Grand Prize Winner!!!!!! #5947813

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict May 19, 2008

Hearty congrats, Nick, on your wonderful Grand Prize Winner!!!

Debby #5947815

Karen K. Givens May 19, 2008

Congratulations on your Grand Prize win Nick, Phoenix Rising is Amazing!!!! #5948084

Karen Rahlf May 19, 2008

Congratulations! Beautiful photo. This win was well deserved. #5948106

Corinne M. Thompson May 19, 2008

Big Congrats to you on your first place win! #5948327

Alex T. Mizuno May 19, 2008

Such a glorious image, Nick! Deserves to be a Grand Prize winner. Congratulations!! #5948479

Lynne Morris level-classic May 19, 2008

Wow Nick, this is awesome HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on your Grand Prize Winner, well deserved. #5948499

Sylvia Rossler May 19, 2008

Big congrats on this awesome and so well deserved Grand Prize Winner Nick :O) #5948534

Dr. Harmeet Singh May 19, 2008

many many Congratulations on your Grand prize Winner!Great gallery..

Linda e. Jones May 19, 2008

Nick, what an incredible photo. I have never seen that raptor anywhere before. Just so beautifully done as well. #5948695

Tiia Vissak May 19, 2008

Congratulations! #5948874

Nadya Johnson May 20, 2008

Stunning, stunning, stunning!! Congratulations on your Grand Prize Winner, Nick! #5949056

Holly J. Jackson May 20, 2008

WOW!! INCREDIBLE image!! Well deserved WIN!! Congrats!! ; ) #5949175

Laurie Daily level-deluxe May 20, 2008

Oh WoW...I am not too surprised to see this win the grand. When I saw it as a POTD...I knew it was destined for great things...congrats Nick! #5949746

Wally Orlowsky May 20, 2008

Congratulations on this magnificient and magical Grand Prize winner, Nick!!! #5950308

Sharon King May 20, 2008

Stunning! Congratulations! #5950529

Nick Lagos May 20, 2008

Thanks to everyone for your very kind words, support and encouragement....they are very much appreciated....and also to Betterphoto for choosing this image....ta #5950573

May 20, 2008

Congratulations, Nick. This is truly a winner in every way. Wow!!!!!! Takes my breath away!! #5950644

Elida Gutierrez May 20, 2008

The Weed Trophy
A Special Trophy for
"The March Winners" #5950873

Mukesh Srivastava May 20, 2008

It's time to ROCK!!!!
Congrats Nick!!!
Outstanding Grand Prize winner!!! #5951712

Terry L. Ellis level-classic May 20, 2008

An awesome grand prize winner, Nick! Congratulations! #5952093

Erin Appelbaum May 20, 2008

Awesome Grand Prize winner Nick. Well deserved. Peter #5952354

Alison Greenwood May 20, 2008

Grand prixe winner hey? Nice one Nick! BIG congratulations!!! #5952370

Donna J. Eaton May 20, 2008

Congratulations Nick! A beautiful image and an outstanding win! #5952669

Dave Ombrello May 20, 2008

Congratulations Nick, truely an inspiring photo and stunning work. #5953937

Raymond Pauly May 20, 2008

Awesome image! Congratulations, Nick! #5954466

Sam Britt May 20, 2008

Congratulations on this terrific Grand Prize Winner, Nick! #5954521

Evy Johansen level-classic May 20, 2008

BIG congratulations on your wonderful Grand Prizw Win, Nick!! #5955228

Mitzie Loland May 21, 2008

Congratulations on this stunning photo Nick! #5955436

Colette M. Metcalf May 21, 2008

Congratulations on your Grand Prize Winner, Nick!!! #5955805

Renata Gusciora May 21, 2008

My congratulations Nick!!! #5957919

Michael G. Marshall May 21, 2008

Outstanding image Nick! Congratulations on your Winner! Michael #5958798

Michael Umbreit May 21, 2008

Nick - Congratulations on your win! - Mike #5959793

Kathy L. Clark May 21, 2008

You know Nick I'm not surprised at all that this is the grand champion. I loved it the first time I saw it. You certainly deserved to win with this. What a magnificent bird and perfect capture. Congrats bit time. #5959977

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe May 22, 2008

Congrats Nick on your Outstanding and Well Deserved GP Win!! Jeff #5960818

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict May 22, 2008

Congratulations Nick on your Grand Prize Win.

Dominick #5961636

Guy D. Biechele level-classic May 22, 2008

Well the judges got it right this time!
Big Congrats on your GRAND PRIZE WIN!! #5961713

Viveca Venegas level-deluxe May 22, 2008

Dear Nick, I had not seen your Grand Prize win till today. I am so very happy for you, well long deserved! Enjoy. #5962311

Cheryl E. Molennor May 22, 2008

Nick this is such an amazing cpture and super well done! Congratulations #5963356

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic May 22, 2008

Stunning capture and so beautiful!! Congrats on your win!! #5963538

Janice Mezzacappa May 22, 2008

Big Congrats on this amazing capture Nick, it does belong in a magazine for sure! #5963974

Linda D. Lester level-classic May 23, 2008

WOW! You were in the right place at the right time....Congratulations on this awesome Grand Prize! #5965898

Ross Throndson May 23, 2008

What an Amazing Capture, Nick.....Congratulations on your Fantastic Grand Prize Win!!! #5966682

Ermanno Radice May 23, 2008

Many congratulations on your wonderful Grand Prizw Win, Nick!! #5968035

Sue L. Cullumber May 23, 2008

Nick - You are amazing! This is very cool and big congrats on your Grand Prize win! Sue #5968121

Datha Y. Thompson May 23, 2008

OUTSTANDING!!!! Congratulations on your Grand Prize Win Nick :0) #5969291

Joan E. Hoffman May 23, 2008

I had to scroll such a LONG way down to offer these few words of congratulations! Awesome and both awards are well deserved! ~S~ #5969436

Jacqualyn A. Volker level-deluxe May 23, 2008

Congrats on an outstanding photo and Grand Prize win Nick! This photo is Photography at it's finest!! #5969594

Linda Blair May 24, 2008

A big congratulations on this awesome win...just gorgeous!!!!!! ☺ #5972648

Geraldine E. Lefoe May 24, 2008

Congratulations Nick on your awesome and well deserved win - and thanks also for sharing the details of how you captured the shot #5972654

Bill Houghton May 25, 2008

Nick, this is such a beautiful photo. Just a great job. Congratulations. Have a great week. Bill

Check out my new website at:

Bill Houghton Photography

David Stegmeir May 25, 2008

Congratulations. What a fantastic image. the detaila dn clarity are remarkable. I gree this should be in a magazine. #5975070

May 25, 2008

An absolutely majestic photograph! #5976974

Lorri Shane May 26, 2008

Congrats, Nick. I always thought this was a winner! #5980884

James Quantz Jr. May 26, 2008

Just saw this today. Fantastic clarity and light! #5981246

Milan Banik May 28, 2008

many congratulation again for great grand win. #5988229

Mick Burkey May 31, 2008

Amazing!! Great capture, Nick. Congratulations on your well-deserved Grand Prize Winner. Simply stunning. #6002443

June 06, 2008

Robert, the Sea Eagle is a rescue bird at Lone Pine, they present some of the birds each day at around 10.30am and 2.30pmish.

The birds fly from one landing to another or to their trainer.

Nick, this is an awesome shot! I'm not surprised you have the Grand Prize here, well done and congratulations. #6026820

Michael Lynch September 11, 2008

Awesome, congratulations! #6440093

September 16, 2008

Great Shot...outstanding Nick! #6464434

Nancy Grace Chen March 25, 2009

phenomenal capture, nick!! when I saw the thumbnail I thought it was awesome, and then I saw that you got GRAND PRIZE!! that is a great achievement!! I know it was last year, but super congrats to you!! #7329967

James Kooper May 12, 2016

Wah how did you manage to capture this moment so perfectly? Awesome! #11473361

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