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Osprey at Wrights Lake

Osprey hanging out on a dead tree at Wrights Lake in the Sierra Nevada -- kinda near Lake Tahoe. I took the shot with a 70-300mm telephoto lens while sitting in a kayak. 

It was an overcast day, thus the bland backdrop. I have a few other shots with a bluer sky, but this is the best overall image because the bird is actually doing something -- calling out. 

Camera & Settings: Nikon D5100, Nikon 70-300mm lens at 300mm, ISO 100, 1/250th shutter speed, f/8. Shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom 4 using VSCO slide film presets

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A couple of interesting but lesser osprey photos after the jump...

I finally got a decent photo of an osprey in flight, but it would still have been better to get the bird coming straight at me with wings in motion or fully extended. 

The problem with this photo is that the osprey was not facing the sun. A little more light on those eyes and head would have gone a long way toward improving this shot. 


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