It was an overcast day, and we were cruising through the waters of Sadie Cove, off Alaska’s Kachemak Bay, hoping to find and photograph bald eagles fishing. We did, much to our delight. But my favourite shot of the day came from catching the expression on this eagle. He was perched in a conifer heavily laden with cones, which added nice framing and provided a wonderful complementary texture and colour element to the composition, while the mountain behind was far enough away to render a soft-focus, clean background, devoid of any dull, overcast sky. A brisk breeze lifted his feathers and gave him a ‘bad hair day’ look to go with his fierce gaze, as he was intently spying the waters for his next meal.
Low light levels from the overcast sky meant having to shoot with a higher ISO than I would have liked, but I knew I could handle the noise in post processing. To my advantage, the more even lighting made it easier to capture the shot without blowing out the highlights in those amazingly white feathers, which so often happens in bright sun.