"Straight On For You"

© Robert G. Stalnaker

"Straight On For You"

Uploaded: March 09, 2008

Description

Comin' straight on for you. You made my mind.
Now I'm stronger. Now I'm comin' through
Straight on, straight on for you
Straight on for you.
---Heart

The last song I heard in my car before hoofing it on over to my spot to take photos was "Straight On" by Heart so, hey, thanks Ann Wilson for inspiring me in my title here.

It was very windy, too windy for most sane people to be out hiking a nature preserve, and three fallen trees blocked the boardwalk, but sometimes in nature and photography you "make lemonade out of lemons". What happened here was the lemons were high gusts, but those gusts caused any bird moving east-to-west toward me to "kite" as they fought the wind, which allowed me to have a much longer look at them and so a better chance to get some photos like this osprey here.

f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO 200, AWB, partial, +1.0, lens Canon EF 400mm L, tripod, south shore of Lake Apopka near Orlando, Oakland Nature Preserve,

Comments

March 09, 2008

Robert this is an awesome capture. #873221

Linda A. Braddock level-classic March 09, 2008

Robert, this is a fantastic photo!
Beautiful capture. I love it!
Linda #5617688

Richard P. Lussier March 11, 2008

Robert, this is a straight up great shot. You must have been thrilled to see the capture on your LCD, nice job! I like your description too, very interesting and creative. #5628908

Robert G. Stalnaker March 11, 2008

Thanks for visiting and your comments Cheryle, Linda, and Richard. Yes Richard, when I saw that osprey fighting the wind and kiting, I admit my heart beat a bit faster and I told myself "I have a great chance and a longer than normal time to get this image--don't blow it, Bob"! I was fortunate it took the low road and nearly straight at me. The more time you spend in the wild, the greater your odds of having an unusual event take place that works in your favor. #5629200

Derek D. Dafoe March 14, 2008

Great shot Robert!! you must have a great vantage point!! I too enjoyed your gallery!! #5640484

Robert G. Stalnaker March 14, 2008

Yes, Derek, behind me and to my partial right were woods/marsh and to my left a lagoon. I also was under a pavilion which helped create a "blind" so the raptors don't see me until they come around this corner or are in front of me. For anybody who has ever been in the open, you know how hard it is to try to have a raptor get close, since they can easily spot you. Making it difficult for them to see you and then letting them come to you is often more productive than trying to stalk them. #5641510

Ujjwal Mukherjee level-classic March 18, 2008

Fantastic in flight capture,Robert! #5656638

Su Sana E. P level-classic March 22, 2008

An awesome capture with terrific timing and great exposure, Robert!! You've a great gallery full of terrific shots!! #5681062

Robert G. Stalnaker March 23, 2008

Hi Ujjwal and SuSana. Thanks for visiting. Re "timing", SuSana, the osprey is headed very slightly to my left at this instant, but just a second later, moved to my right and flew right over my head, as I was mostly hidden and in camouflage clothes and it may not have seen me. #5682392

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