One Good Shot

I take a lot of pictures because digital cameras make taking photos affordable.  Bad for the people at Kodak who make film, but good for me because I get a chance to learn from the many mistakes I make while photographing.  What I’ve learned from taking wildlife photographs is the light is very rarely perfect and the subjects will not cooperate.  Wild animals will not pose, and they will not always show up when the light is best.  Such was the case last weekend.  The eagles finally showed themselves around noon, when the light is absolutely worst.  While watching the nest one of the eagles flew directly over it, causing its mate to stir around on the nest.  The excited mate watched from the nest while its mate flew to the top of a nearby ridge.

Damn, I thought.

I’ve seen him do that before, and he will stay up on that ridge watching the valley near his nest for hours.  Much too far away for any decent shots.

I waited.

After about fifteen minutes he decided to buzz the valley.  I began popping shots, knowing he was too far away and the light was too crappy.  And then he circled back.  He landed in a tree within seventy yards, which gave me an excellent opportunity to get one good shot.


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3 Responses to “One Good Shot”

  1. April 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    That’s definitely one good shot!

  2. 3 Randy Roberts
    April 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you.

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