Over the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend, I got an invite to go over to a lake in North Georgia to shoot some osprey that were on the nest. It was a bit of a ride from my house, but boy I'm sure glad I went. I ended up with some stuff I'm super happy with!
Although I left happy, it didn't start out that way. I initially tried to shoot handheld. The osprey were flying around so much that my arms quickly got tired. I checked my images and the majority of them were out of focus. I decided to salvage any part of the day I was going to have to go back to the vehicle and get the tripod, which I did. Mounting the camera on the tripod turned out to be the deciding factor. I started getting better shots when I could focus on the photography and not my tired arms.
This image was made with my Sony Alpha 77ii, Tamron 150-600mm Lens and Vanguard Photo US Alta Pro 283CT Tripod.
I knew for the shots I was going for I needed a very high shutter speed. I was shooting for above 1/1000th of a second. I had to raise my ISO to 800, even though it was pretty bright. Bumping the ISO and getting the higher shutter speed allowed me to capture this shot of the osprey landing at the nest and looking directly at me. I was very pleased with this image.