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Lord of Horseshoe Lake

Lord of Horseshoe Lake
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Copyright: Joel Orlinsky (joelo) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 40 W: 10 N: 37] (148)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-10-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot Pro 90 IS, Olympus TCON17, 1.7x Teleconverter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-24 22:23
Viewed: 3830
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Horseshoe Lake in extreme Southern Illinois is named because of its shape. It is an ancient meander of the Mississippi River. As the Mississippi’s route gradually shifted over time, the water of Horseshoe Lake became a separate body of water.

Bald cypress and tupelo trees crowd the shoreline of this extremely shallow lake, creating a swamp or bayou-like atmosphere. These trees are southern species, reaching their northernmost range in Southern Illinois. Floating amongst them feels like being in the Deep South.

My wife and I spent a day there paddling around the lake in our canoe. On that day, we counted more eagles than people. I didn't even attempt to shoot one on the wing from the canoe, but this one seemed to be worth trying.

The left panel shows the setting. The right panel is zoomed as close as possible with the added teleconverter. A moving canoe is a bit less stable than my tripod, so the result is not real sharp, but it is better than I had expected.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-24 22:45]

Hello Joel

I like the way you presented this post.The eagle shows quite well with good detail and colour saturation.A classic pose.Great job.TFS


Hi Joel,
This looks great. The split composition shows the habitat very well. Most people that don't live in this area realize how many eagles winter here. It is also sad that this entire area is surrounded by so much industrial pollution. The eagle looks great. Nice colors and detail. Well done!

Hi joel
C,est une belle prise d'un beau paysage avec comme prime ce bel aigle.
La présentation est très belle.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Hello Joel,
This is a remarquable capture of this so impressive and majestic bird! I had the chance to see them only twice in the wild and each time was like a gift as we don't have that many here in Quebec. In fact, there are only 50 pairs living in the wild in all the province of Quebec. You were lucky to see so many of those fantastic birds that day! These are nice picture with good perspective and this collage is well done and interesting as your notes are too. Thanks,

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