David Heemsbergen  

Locked In by David Heemsbergen

March 2023 - Locked In

About the Image(s)

This was taken 3 nights ago as the sun was setting. I was actually trying to photograph Mergansers on the fly and had my shutter speed at only 1/800 to get a little bit of wing blur. Other settings f10, ISO 180, 800mm.

This eagle decided to fish near where I was standing on the banks of the Mississippi to get one more fish before the end of the daylight. I was lucky to see it out of the corner of my eye in time to swing around for this image. It is one of a pair that have a nearby nest. The “dirty” feathers indicate that it has already eaten today. I cropped it in an attempt to increase the image impact, since the light is not ideal. I plan to try to improve this picture, but there is a limited amount that can be done.

5 comments posted

Ginny Salus   Ginny Salus
So fierce! Those claws. What a great shot. Focus is great. And did I mention the claws?   Posted: 03/03/2023 19:42:45

Jack Twiggs   Jack Twiggs
Really like the way you've cropped the image - it portrays determination coupled with fierceness. I would suggest possibly removing or blurring the "jagged" part of the right wing at the upper edge of the image above the head, and possibly color correcting the areas that look blueish on the back of the wing. Great capture.   Posted: 03/11/2023 15:51:55
David Heemsbergen   David Heemsbergen
Jack: Been away for a few days. Thanks for your comments. I will try the crop.   Posted: 03/17/2023 07:58:18

Ginny Salus   Ginny Salus
Please share the new image when you re-crop.   Posted: 03/17/2023 09:56:42

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi David. I really like the way you set and crop. No suggestion. Awesome work from start to finish.   Posted: 03/24/2023 01:30:26


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