LuAnn Thatcher  

Eagle in Rain by LuAnn Thatcher

October 2020 - Eagle in Rain

October 2020 - LuAnn Thatcher


About the Image(s)

This photograph is my first of an eagle. We were hiking in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area in Northern Minnesota in September 2016. I saw this guy sitting in the tree as we zoomed by, quickly stopped, turned around, scrambled to get my gear out, picked a location on the shore of the lake, all the while he sat in the tree staring at dinner. He posed for a time, and this was my shot. The weather was light rain.

Camera: Nikon D7000, lens Tamron 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3, focal length 600mm, ISO 200, 1/160s, f/6.3, and I used a tripod.

12 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
(Groups 4 & 58 & 72)
LuAnn, beautiful image, very sharp, nice colors in spite of the rain. Perhaps you left too much empty space which takes away some of the bold eagle prevalence. A tighter crop would help considerably.   Posted: 10/04/2020 16:16:14
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thank you, Isaac, for your comment. The image is already heavily cropped I am afraid to make it any tighter, unfortunately. Great thought though!

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 10/04/2020 16:41:53

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Nice capture! The bird is sharp, and the background is clean. I especially like the rain, that is clearly seen in the image. The crop to eliminate the lower branch works well.
I'd prefer to crop it into square format to avoid the empty space from the left side.
  Posted: 10/05/2020 03:34:16
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thanks, Kieu-Hanh, for your comments. A square crop is one of my favorites. I will experiment with it and see what it looks like.

LT   Posted: 10/16/2020 10:02:27

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Beautiful photograph. I love that you can see the rain and yet the eagle is very sharp. The bokeh is nice and the eagle is framed by the branches. Very nice   Posted: 10/06/2020 16:33:11
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thanks, Mary Ann, for your comments. Usually a drive by opportunity doesn't always work out, but this one did ok. Four years ago I was just a newby at bird photography. The Tamron 150-600mm lens was a tank. Everytime I took it hiking I had to have my husband carry it separately; haha!

Have a great day!
LT   Posted: 10/16/2020 10:05:42

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Very nice shot.
I checked out your website and I love the image of the man paddling the canoe! That is excellent.   Posted: 10/11/2020 17:33:33
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hi Larry,

Thanks for the visit here, and for visiting my website! It is a work in progress. I too love the photos of the man in the canoe. I think I captured 1500 shots of him as he paddled for a sunset shoot.

LT   Posted: 10/16/2020 10:07:20

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
In my opinion, the rain makes your eagle image unique. You've captured the wet weather as well as details of the waiting eagle. The positioning of the eagle between the branches works well too. I agree that a tighter crop, especially on the left would help, but I understand your hesitation due to loss of sharpness.   Posted: 10/16/2020 09:59:34
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Ruth,

Thanks for your comments. I tend to be more of a moody style photographer. I am drawn to these dark moments in time, and I love the atmospheric perspective. This photo was a lucky shot. This area was a great location in the Northern Minnesota wilderness on a road that ended close to the Canadian border. Those that enjoy living off the grid call this wilderness area home, and wildlife sightings are more abundant.

If I had a full-frame camera, I could probably do the tighter crop. But I am all about breaking the rules and being different. I hoped to include the breathing room in front of the eagle to show he was searching for prey from a the distance.

Best regards,
LT   Posted: 10/16/2020 10:33:19

John Roach   John Roach
(Group 64)
Wonderful image...very unique capture and the way you were able to detail the rain offers us a splendid story.   Posted: 10/20/2020 15:31:23
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thank you, John, for the visit and your comment!   Posted: 10/20/2020 15:39:34


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