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Osprey With Fish Shaking off the Water





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ChasingShadows May 08, 2016
Great capture!
MKoelen May 24, 2016
Well done; right moment, right time!
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wildpainter March 10, 2017
Congratulations on your win!
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fredstein July 22, 2017
Thank you!
jkcorso March 11, 2017
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jkcorso March 11, 2017
Congratulations great capture! I have see this many times but always in the wrong spot or too far to shoot.
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leslie57 July 22, 2017
Fantastic light,composition and editing !!!
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ronaldwebb July 14, 2020
Masterfully executed!
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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken along the lower Appomattox River Heritage Trail, in Petersburg, Virginia.
This photo was taken about an hour before sundown at 5:48 pm. There were a few osprey flying in an area of the Appomattox River that was back-lit.
I was worried about the back-lighting, but when the osprey flew out of the water coming towards me and shook off the water, the water droplets made for a nice effect on the photo with the sun lighting them.
This shot was taken with a Nikon D7000, paired with a Nikon 200-500 5.6 VR lens, shot free hand at 500mm.
The osprey were active in an area that I like to take wildlife photos, and I was looking to get a photo of an osprey diving with their talons just piercing the water. While observing I noticed a little shimmy they did a few seconds after leaping back in the air and thought it would make for an interesting photo.
I don't recall needing to do any post-processing on this photo other than adding some exposure to the water droplets.
In my camera bag
For bird photography I normally have a Nikon D810, or D700, paired with a Nikkor 200-500mm 5.6 VR lens, and a tripod.
When taking ospry photos, observe their habits as their actions are predictable. The action occurs pretty fast so be ready for the shot at a high enough ISO/shutter speed to capture the action.

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