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Newnans Lake Osprey

Newnans Lake Osprey
Copyright ©2007, Leon Plympton
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This photo was taken this afternoon (~5:30 PM). It was an overcast day and much darker than it would have been otherwise.

My apologies for all the noise but circumstances necessitated a high ISO. Even so, a slow shutter speed and wide open lens was was also required.

I just so happened to catch the osprey as it dove into the lake, partially submerging itself as it grasped the carp; then after a brief struggle it took to its wings and much to my surprise flew almost directly at me, settling in an old cypress tree about 55-60 feet almost directly above me. First to go was the carp's head; within a couple minutes the front third of the fish was consumed.

Fair weather is predicted for tomorrow. Anyone want to guess what I plan on doing then?

Photographer: Leon Plympton
Folder: Common area
Uploaded: 31-Mar-2007 02:45 CEST
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Camera: Olympus E1
Exposure time: 1/60
Aperture: f-3.5
Focal length: 150 (300) mm
Lens: ZD 40-150 mm
Focusing method: Manual
ISO: 400
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
Processing applied: SHQ cropped 50%, then re-sized to its current proportions. Some tweaking of the brightness/'gamma' and color saturation was required.
Image resized to: 600x800

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Well if was you I would climb that tree and tried to get eye level with this great bird....

Anyway nice shot....!


Fonzy - at 21:50 CEST on 31-Mar-2007 [Reply]


I forgot to mention Mr. Osprey didn't look very friendly at all.

Leon Plympton at 02:28 CEST on 01-Apr-2007 [Reply]