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JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots August 30, 2016
Amazing capture! Congrats.
rjb8267
rjb8267 September 01, 2016
Thank you JD
Argatykites PRO+
 
Argatykites August 31, 2016
Amazing capture
rjb8267
rjb8267 September 01, 2016
Cheers Nigel
susanhuckins
 
susanhuckins August 31, 2016
WOW what an awesome capture this is. The focus, clarity, composition and presentation are top notch. Well done. Susan
rjb8267
rjb8267 September 01, 2016
Thanks Susan
wc
 
wc August 31, 2016
Extraordinary!
rjb8267
rjb8267 September 01, 2016
thank you
NancyFlemingPhotography PRO+
 
NancyFlemingPhotography August 31, 2016
Wow! How awesome to capture this photo!
rjb8267
rjb8267 September 01, 2016
thank you
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo August 31, 2016
Wow! Congrats!
rjb8267
rjb8267 September 01, 2016
thanks Carol
erichedman Premium
 
erichedman August 31, 2016
nice shot!
rjb8267
rjb8267 September 01, 2016
cheers Eric
Witmar
 
Witmar September 01, 2016
wonderful!!!
rjb8267
rjb8267 September 01, 2016
thank you
anthonyclay
 
anthonyclay September 01, 2016
Absolutely wonderful Capture! Congrats!!!!
rjb8267
rjb8267 September 02, 2016
cheers Anthony
MarkMcElligott
 
MarkMcElligott September 01, 2016
Top capture, congratulations....
rjb8267
rjb8267 September 02, 2016
cheers Mark
davidridley
 
davidridley September 02, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
davidridley
 
davidridley September 02, 2016
That is just fantastic
rjb8267
rjb8267 September 02, 2016
Thanks David
dougplume PRO+
 
dougplume September 02, 2016
Incredible shot,
rjb8267
rjb8267 September 02, 2016
Thank you
sarabateman
 
sarabateman September 02, 2016
Beautiful shot!
famie01
 
famie01 September 02, 2016
wow,amazing
chuckcadman
 
chuckcadman September 02, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
LivenLovenLife
 
LivenLovenLife September 02, 2016
Wow. Beautiful!
yogeshmalviya
 
yogeshmalviya September 03, 2016
perfect shot!!
MediaOne
 
MediaOne September 03, 2016
A very hard shot to capture but you pulled it off. One of the best nature photographs I've seen. You should send this to the National Geographic Magazine
rjb8267
rjb8267 December 18, 2016
Thank you
jimfbauty PRO+
 
jimfbauty September 03, 2016
Incredible capture. Really pays to be in the right spot at the right time... even if that's not where you thought you were when you got there!!
rjb8267
rjb8267 December 18, 2016
Thank you
Maaginen PRO
 
Maaginen September 03, 2016
Beautiful , wonderful, stunning.
rjb8267
rjb8267 December 18, 2016
Thank you
meiyazhagank Premium
 
meiyazhagank September 03, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
meiyazhagank Premium
 
meiyazhagank September 03, 2016
Amazing
rjb8267
rjb8267 December 18, 2016
Thank you
GTJones PRO
 
GTJones September 03, 2016
Congrats - Great capture!
rjb8267
rjb8267 December 18, 2016
Thank you
Demuths
 
Demuths September 04, 2016
totally impressed!
Sarah
rjb8267
rjb8267 December 18, 2016
Thank you
chuck54
 
chuck54 September 06, 2016
Awesome photograph!!!!!!!!!!!
rjb8267
rjb8267 December 18, 2016
Thank you
RobinV
 
RobinV September 28, 2016
perfect action shot, great moment you caught here.
rjb8267
rjb8267 December 18, 2016
Thank you
Basscatcher24LLBJR
 
Basscatcher24LLBJR October 14, 2016
SUPERB!!!! Love Love this image and the quality of capture. Well done.
rjb8267
rjb8267 December 18, 2016
Thank you
calebpeterson PRO
 
calebpeterson December 16, 2016
Incredible shot! So awesome
rjb8267
rjb8267 December 18, 2016
Thank you
jasonsponseller
 
jasonsponseller December 16, 2016
Perfect shot! The eye and direction of this eagle says it all, coming directly toward the lens. It draws you in! Great capture.
jasonsponseller
 
jasonsponseller December 16, 2016
Perfect shot! The eye and direction of this eagle says it all, coming directly toward the lens. It draws you in! Great capture.
rjb8267
rjb8267 December 18, 2016
Thank you
iamtherie
 
iamtherie December 16, 2016
Amazing photo!!
rjb8267
rjb8267 December 18, 2016
Thank you
kimpiriemilko
 
kimpiriemilko December 17, 2016
Absolutely facinating! Supherb capture! May I ask which lens you were using?
rjb8267
rjb8267 December 18, 2016
Thank you, I've done a behind the lens feature at the bottom of the picture :)
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle December 17, 2016
Wow! What an amazing photo - congratulations on all your wins too! Where did you take the photo?
rjb8267
rjb8267 December 18, 2016
Thank you, I've done a behind the lens feature at the bottom of the picture :)
BobbyBorgia
 
BobbyBorgia December 23, 2016
Nice action capture...
gerryverwimp
 
gerryverwimp January 03, 2017
its suberb
beeoxierrod
 
beeoxierrod January 14, 2017
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! WOW!! ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE!!
jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett January 14, 2017
insanely great
edstines PRO
 
edstines January 16, 2017
Remarkable!
Chick15 PRO
 
Chick15 January 16, 2017
Fantastic shot... Congratulations!
Dharanitharan
 
Dharanitharan January 18, 2017
Best example for perfect click...
YvonneJeaK PRO+
 
YvonneJeaK February 06, 2017
Sublime
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz March 10, 2017
Voted in 'we love animals' contest.
cohooper PRO+
 
cohooper March 10, 2017
Nice capture
jackapowers
 
jackapowers April 16, 2017
Fantastic capture...
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq October 08, 2017
Great capture!
JBordons
 
JBordons October 28, 2017
A remarkable capture. Fantastic focus and exposure.
eastmidsphotgraphy
 
eastmidsphotgraphy December 29, 2017
Wow one of the best of this kind of thing I have ever seen
1bignaturenerd PRO
 
1bignaturenerd January 25, 2018
What a great capture!!!
lauriezimmerman PRO+
 
lauriezimmerman March 15, 2018
Beautiful!
MichelleAnnHarrison
 
MichelleAnnHarrison March 26, 2018
Nice action shot beautiful detail
flexito3
 
flexito3 April 26, 2018
superb
kimberlygoldman PRO+
 
kimberlygoldman April 28, 2018
Amazing picture of one of favorite birds. Did you research the band?
IreneNo PRO+
 
IreneNo October 07, 2018
Absolutely mind blowing
VLJ_PHOTOGRAPHY PRO+
 
Outstanding
keepclicking
 
keepclicking Mar 05
Awesome
AllWeatherGirl
 
Absolutely perfect!
JossPretty
 
JossPretty Mar 15
That's intense! great capture.
janet5192000
 
janet5192000 Jul 24
An amazing photo!
deannefortnam PRO+
 
deannefortnam Aug 07
Awesome Capture!

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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken at a trout farm not far from Rutland Water Nature Reserve in the UK. Rutland Water has several breeding pairs of Ospreys so the trout farm makes for an easy meal, especially during the breading season when there are lots of hungry mouths to feed.
Time
Ospreys are often up at the crack of dawn so I left the house at 2.00am to get to the farm at around 4.00am. Unfortunately the morning turned out to be very cloudy and it was still very dark when the fist osprey appeared at 4.30am so I wasn't able to get any shots of this one. It was around 7.30am when osprey (J1) appeared over head and began to circle above the stock pond before eventually perching in a dead tree at the far side of the pond. After several minutes of checking out the trout the osprey dived and hit the water at an incredible speed emerging with the trout in its talons.
Lighting
The light was very poor as it was 7.30am and cloudy. To freeze the action in this picture I had to shoot wide open at f/2.8 and ISO 640 to achieve a shutter speed of 1/1600
Equipment
I used a Canon 1D Mkiv and a Canon 300mm 2.8 Mkii lens. The shot was taken hand held to allow me to get onto the bird as fast as possible, no other equipment was used.
Inspiration
I had been photographing an osprey fishing locally on a large reservoir for a few weeks prior to taking this picture, but I only ever managed to get shots at distance. When I heard about the ospreys fishing at the trout farm I knew it would be a great opportunity to get closer to the subject (and boy was I right).
Editing
I did very little post-processing, a bit of shadow adjustment and sharpening was all that was required
In my camera bag
Being mainly a wildlife photographer I tend to carry as little as possible, mainly due to the weight of the lens and camera. I have a small shoulder bag that contains a 1.4x and 2x converters, lens wipes and soft lens brush and I always take a spare battery and SD cards. I mainly shoot hand held but I keep a tripod and popup hide in the boot of the car just in case.
Feedback
As any wildlife photographer will know, being at the right place at the right time is very often when you get your best shots, I always try and spend as much time as possible observing the subject. You will very often find a bird will hunt regularly in an area at certain times of the day or have a favourite perch or plucking post etc. This knowledge can be invaluable often allowing you to set up a hide and get much closer to your subject. The ospreys at the farm only visited early morning and evening so if I had turned up at 9.00am for example I wouldn't have got the shot.

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