Big Bear Lake, CA
On June 1st of this year, a good friend of mine and I made the venture to Big Bear Lake in California for a day of wilderness adventures. As evening approached we were about to head back home, but decided to check out the north shore before leaving. The north side of the lake is slightly more arid and usually has less to see, at least from a photographic stand point, but something told me to go anyways. Our decision was well rewarded. When we got to the trailhead, in the distance I could make out something large sitting atop the skeleton of what had once been one of the taller trees in the area. We decided to investigate. Boy was I glad we did! Once at the base of the tree I spotted not one but two American Bald Eagles. The Eagles occasionally frequent the lake as part of their southern migration but spotting one is a rare opportunity. Fortunately I never go anywhere with out at least some gear, and on this day a 70-200 2.8 IS L II did quite nicely. Being later in the day the quality of light could not have been better. All in all, I am very fortunate and thankful to have gotten such a picture. I hope you enjoy shot as much as I did capturing it.
Converted from raw in Lightroom 5, color temperature corrected, minor curve adjustment, cropped, saturation slightly adjusted, lens profile adjustments made.
Canon EOS 7D Body paired with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM hand held.