Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Bald Eagles - Behind the Shot
This morning started out with a lot of fog in the area and my wife cautioned me about it as I started downstairs to head out for some shutter therapy. I was okay with fog and was not going to let it sidetrack my plans, which was to go to Sandy Ridge Reservation about 40 minutes away. Sure enough, when I looked outside the fog was thick but I also noticed a clear sky which meant the sun would work its magic and clear the fog by the time I was ready to shoot when the park opened at 8am. Besides, if the fog was still around maybe I could work it into a shot since it provides a lot of potential if utilized properly.
This was only my second time to Sandy Ridge (the first time was last week) but I was interested the potential of the place to house raptors for viewing and shooting. After walking through a wooded area it opens up to a marsh where I saw these two eagles right away. Ah, yes! This is a good day. The first order of business was to get the record shot and then move into a better position hoping they would stick around until I had the sun behind me. After getting this and similar shots I simply hung out in my spot waiting and hoping for some kind of action when one of the eagles suddenly took off for a deeper spot in the marsh. Anticipating the second one would soon follow suit I readied the lens on it and just as I was making sure I was focused on it he took off. I snapped away but did not have a perfect focus on it. Oh, well. That's part of the fun and excitement - there's always a next time.