“Bald Eagle in Flight” by Diane Hopp

The Featured Photo for November/December 2015 was by Diane Hopp as chosen by Derek Chambers.

Bald Eagle in Flight - ©DMHopp - October 2015

Bald Eagle in Flight – ©DMHopp – October 2015

What can one say?  This is a stunning photo of a magnificent bird.  Sharp and detailed, it has caught the bird just after it has launched into flight.  Its right wing is fully extended, showing us wonderful feather details. 

Bald Eagle in Flight (Detail) - ©DMHopp - October 2015

Bald Eagle in Flight (Detail) – ©DMHopp – October 2015

When we crop in more closely on the eagle, we can see the water droplets being shed as it lifts off.

The placement of the subject in the frame provides space on the left for the bird to fly into.  Everything about this image is wonderful.  And don’t be mistaken – this is no accidental snapshot; Diane’s hard won photographic skills are fully displayed in this image.

Beautifully done Diane!