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Osprey in Flight - 4

Osprey in Flight - 4
Copyright ©2007, Leon Plympton
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Lake Alice - UF Campus


I turn; an osprey rises from the lake, its wings fanning a shower below, a fish gripped in its talons - gasping, rising-rising upward click-click-click-click ... .

Oh - how I wish I'd seen this bird coming and had a chance to prepare for the entire sequence - maybe next time.

Photographer: Leon Plympton
Folder: Common area
Uploaded: 29-Jul-2007 13:25 CEST
Model release available:
Camera: Olympus E1
Exposure time: 1/640
Aperture: f-5.0
Focal length: 150 (300) mm
Lens: ZD 40-150mm
Focusing method: Spot
ISO: 200
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
Processing applied: Cropped 50% / re-sized / tweaking / noise reduction
Image resized to: 578x960

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Beautiful shot Leon, now you know where she is flighting to set up your camera there and show us a head on shot....;-))

Well done ............!!!!

Fonzy - at 19:56 CEST on 29-Jul-2007 [Reply]

Osprey in Flight - 4 - re-visited:

Fons -

Thanks so much. Actually, I didn't mention it before but this was the second 'splash' in 30 minutes or so; both assaults from above were in different parts of the lake. After the first attack (which ended up empty handed taloned?) the bird soared upwards and then disappeared into the trees that line the northern bank of the lake. I watched for several minutes but it just didn't return, and so I began looking for other critters to shoot.

And then, out of the blue 'splash' again. It would have been so nice to be able to follow the dive with 'continuous' auto-focus all the while - into the water and then back into the wild blue yonder. In both cases I honestly can't tell you where in the sky the bird came from.

As you can see, once again I performed a 50% crop in order to bring the bird closer. The new ZD 70-300mm is due to be released this fall (I'm told) and I can't wait. Sure, I'd prefer the ZD 50-200mm but at twice the price I'm not sure I want to dig that deep into my pockets.


Leon Plympton at 20:39 CEST on 29-Jul-2007 [Reply]

Osprey in Flight - 4 - re-visited:

Rina -

Thank you so much!
Also - I'm looking forward to seeing some of your photographs.
Best Regards -


Leon Plympton at 23:43 CEST on 30-Jul-2007 [Reply]