Sunday, February 1, 2009

Eagle eye ~ focus

Saturday morning, we walked around Greenlake and I lugged my camera and all three lenses along in hopes of getting a photo. Started out with the 50mm lens to get more practice on my manual focus skills. Took a few photos of branches. The lake path was, as it usually is on a Saturday morning, crowded with hundreds of people walking, skating, biking around the lake.
We got to the end of our walk, back to where our car was parked and I thought: "sheesh, I didn't really get any great photos along the way." I decided to walk around the bathhouse to the lake for a quick look, ....maybe a photo would reveal itself to me there.
I looked around, shot an uninspiring photo of the lifeguard chair.
And then looked up! Holy, moly I never changed a lens so fast!!! There was an eagle surveying the crowds of people as they walked by below. So, I spent the next half hour leaning up against the lifeguard chair, holding my camera to my eye, shooting photos. I was waiting for him to take off in a spectacular burst of glory. But after a half hour (Chad says more than a half hour), I decided that I must have at least one good shot in the hundred I had taken. And I had to abandon my hope for this bird to take flight!
Get a better look at these photos on Flickr.
Perfect timing for the Shutter Sisters one word project.
I have chosen the word focus. Hope my eagle eye mojo continues!

11 comments:

Char said...

great word!! I've been working on manual focus too (and it's kicking my butt). I loved these shots - great job getting this handsome fella.

leaca said...

Great word. I chose a word but I am thinking of changing it already. lovely photos....you need to come see me and we will go see the Eagle Lady. She is passed away this year but the Eagles still come home to eat. =]

spread your wings said...

yes really great word. : )
amazing capture

Grey Street Girl said...

These are awesome shots! It's funny that nearly the same thing happened to me with that hawk. :)

Bridge said...

wonderful! These are great!

Leanne said...

When you are ready and set up they never fly when you are faffing around with the wrong lens..... off they go. Great shots anyway.

Anna - Three Sneaky Bugs said...

I love seeing the distance shot along with the rest. It really spells out how much the lens did for you. Very cool.

Suvarna said...

fabulous eagle shots! perfect word choice.

Jackie said...

Wow, so jealous - it is Eagle season here in Missouri but we have yet to get a good photo. We'll have to keep trying. Yours are wonderful!!

Sebrina said...

I'm so glad I shared my blog.. so I could find yours :)

Amy said...

These captures are some of my very favorites:) love yer stuff girl!