"Let's Kiss and Make Up"

© Robert G. Stalnaker

"Let's Kiss and Make Up"

Uploaded: February 25, 2008


This osprey plunged for this fish no more than 40 feet in front of me then circled around and landed nearly straight up from where I was.

f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO 500, AWB, center weighted average, lens Canon EF 400mm L, handheld, south shore of Lake Apopka near Orlando, Oakland Nature Preserve, 2/25/08.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.67, ExposureTime: 1/1000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 500, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 400.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D


Denny E. Barnes level-deluxe February 25, 2008

Beautiful Osprey capture, Robert. Very well done!!! I love watching them fish, especially when one gets a fish bigger than he can fly away with. LOL
Denny #863082

Robert G. Stalnaker February 25, 2008

Me too--and that happens. Denny, I had that "once-in-a-lifetime-perfect-composition" with this guy when he emerged from the water with the fish. However, I didn't have it focused properly. My heart sunk as it was my best composition to date. However, I did end up with some good ones like this photo but "my big fish got away".

:) #5550529

February 25, 2008

Great detail Robert. Sometimes your in the perfect spot when they land, way to go. #5552295

Robert G. Stalnaker February 25, 2008

That was the case here, Nathan. Looking through the view finder, I felt I could reach out and touch him. He would stare straight at me a number of times and as soon as he did, I would slowly lower the lens and look away or turn my back to him, so as not to alarm him. He ended up staying there for a long time. #5552358

Michael S. Lazarus February 26, 2008

Einstein has a quote: "There are only two ways to live one's life. The first is as though everything is a miracle; the other is as though nothing is a miracle". I cannot think of a better way to sum up what photographing wild life is like. You have to prepare and position yourself so that you have an opportunity to catch the miracles. Great shot Robert. Great story too. Sorry about the "once-in-a-lifetime-perfect-composition" one that got away. I know just the ^%#*& feeling. #5558761

Kimi A. Phillips February 27, 2008

Fantastic detail!!!! I have enjoyed browsing your gallery and love the wonderful titles and stories that go with your images! #5562223

Robert G. Stalnaker March 19, 2008

Michael, if I can only have a higher % of the "catches" and less of "the fish that got away", I'd be a happy camper.

:) #5663305

Robert G. Stalnaker March 19, 2008

Kimi, thanks for visiting, and thanks for viewing some of my photos.

Kimi, I can't believe the work you put into "Encounters" --it really shows! Astronomy is a hooby of mine and this is quite an image you created. I am certainly going to make that a favorite. I have seen some astrophotography images here--wish there were more.

Very beautiful and a very creative group of photos you have on display, Kimi. #5663325

Kimi A. Phillips March 19, 2008

Thank you, Robert. I appreciate that. #5663368

Linda A. Braddock level-classic April 07, 2008

Robert, looked back in your pictures and saw this one, it is beautiful. Great capture! Linda #5756354

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