In The Blink Of An Eye

Sometimes when I’m taking pictures, I spend a fair amount of time setting things up, making sure everything is just right before pushing the shutter-button. Other times, things just don’t work out that way. For instance…

I only had roughly 2 seconds to swing the camera up, try to focus, and snap eight quick shots of this eagle as he swept into view playing tag with a bunch of seagulls and pigeons up at the Main Branch of the Vancouver Public Library yesterday evening, and then as fast as it appeared, it was gone. Of the eight shots I took, it turned out only four were clicked after the focus was even reasonably well set, and since we’re talking about a very fast-moving bird here, I’m going to be satisfied with those images for now, at least until I run into this rascally bird once again.

Eagle in Flight_001 Eagle in Flight_002 Eagle in Flight_003 Eagle in Flight_004

If you’re wondering about the differences in the shading of the sky, I tried a few different techniques to bring out the coloring of the eagle’s plumage, but unfortunately, these birds are so large, and flying so high, they block out the available light from above, putting their lower parts into deep shadow in this kind of shot. At least when taken with the equipment at my disposal. But never fear, I have little doubt I shall yet obtain some better shots at some point this year which I shall be more than happy to share with you all. Until next time, stay safe, and healthy, and happy. See you then.


6 thoughts on “In The Blink Of An Eye

    1. This round goes to him…but I’ll get another chance sometime this summer (I hope). PS. If you are wondering about that apparent reflection on the underside of the eagle, I’ve been considering it, and since the bird was well over a hundred feet in the air, the only thing I can attribute it to is some kind of artifact caused by my amateurish attempts at post-processing as I attempted to bring out the bird’s colors. My bad. Next time, I’ll leave bad enough alone. Lol.

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  1. This round indeed goes to your winged visitor. I can not make out if it is a immature Bald Eagle or a Golden Eagle. Do you know which is was? I appreciate how you include a narrative of the scene…I can easily imagine the scramble to get a camera up and the excitement of getting a few shots! (((hugs)))

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    1. Like you say, the photo makes it really hard to tell, but our area is pretty well-populated with Bald Eagles this year (I managed some better shots in my later post “8 Months, 126 posts, and 10,000 Views”) so I suspect it was a young Bald Eagle without the distinctive markings of the adults. I think losing a couple rounds to the subject makes the final capture of a decent image that much more satisfying. And thanks for the hugs, we hermits don’t get too many of those.

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