I had to have quick reactions for this photograph.
While waiting in line to board the ship during my week long cruise, I happened to see a bald eagle flying towards where I was. Luckily, I had brought with me my long lens and so I hurriedly replaced the lenses on my camera and zoomed all the way in. I knew that I had just a second to nail the focus down and take a shot so I pointed my camera at the bird and fired off a shot. I knew that I would get basically a silhouette against the overcast sky but I figured it would look amazing either way. What you see here is basically what my camera took, save for a few sensor spots that I had to clean. I’m quite happy with this photograph even though it is a touch on the blurry side. That was mainly because the eagle was flying so fast that I had a hard time panning to keep up. I have no regrets with how this photograph came out because the eagle just happened to be flying around where I was at the time.
Taken with Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi.
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 USM III at 300mm.
Shutter Speed: 1/500s.
Edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4.