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Treetop Lover
In the title I couldn't resist a comical reference to the song "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" by Jim Croce. Throughout my life I have noticed that raptors often sit on dead trees, which are leafless and give the bird an unobstructed view on all sides. This bird, however, has figured out how to create his own scenic overlook, with no need to limit himself to the branches of trees that have long since passed away.  He merely flys up a bit sideways and grabs the top of the tree with his claws after which his weight bends the treetop horizontally so that he has a nice little lazy boy with a big bay window. As my brother spotted this eagle my first instinct was to quickly fire away. When I found that I had more time I settled down and adjusted my camera settings, and once I had already secured some good shots I set up my tripod so that I could get some high resolution images with good depth of field. Taking another dozen photos or so I decided that the images I subsequently captured were probably as good as it was going to get and that from here on out I needed to go after a something really exceptional. I knew that sooner or later this bald eagle would lift off and it was my intention to capture that moment, so I readjusted my shutter and aperture settings  and patiently waited. I know that a lot of people would have used continuous shutter and would have gotten a handful of pictures during different phases of the lift off. I have been doing photography a lot of years and I guess, for better or worse, I'm a little set in my ways, the ways of pre-technology. I did everything manually and only got one shot, relying on my experience and my reflexes. Having done so, I couldn't be happier with the result, my timing had been impeccable.
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