Sometimes there is more to a photograph than meets the eye. In this case, the photo I am posting is actually three photos. I shot this Bald Eagle using a bracketed exposure so that I could create an HDR image to show as much detail in the bird as possible:
I shot this photo as part of a series of ten images, this particular one is also in my Picfair portfolio. In order to create these images I rented this 70-300mm lens. Because I knew I was going to want to get a bracketed exposure I made sure to take along my tripod to help me get as still of an image as possible. I have written about other birds in this series, most recently about a Peregrine Falcon. For this photo, I wanted to blur out the background almost completely. I wanted to use the green to contrast with and bring out the color of the beak and eye.
I took this photo at World Bird Sanctuary at a Camera Day that they were hosting. This was a great opportunity for me to get a photo like this without any of the bird’s enclosure in the background. The Bald Eagle is also the national bird of the United States, yet has faced a difficult time here in recent history. While population numbers for this bird are moving in a positive way, there is still the need for some of them to live in sanctuaries. While I love to see these birds in the wild, sometimes they are injured, brought to sanctuaries, and then unable to live again in the wild. Eagles like this one I photographed, work to bring awareness to people of how they can help make sure that this birds thrive in the wild.
The theme this week is layers for the photo challenge at WordPress. So this is my layered post: 1bird, 3 exposures; 1 post, 6 links. One photograph, but many things to think about about, what do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below.