Take me to the Moon

Equipment Info
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
183.75mm / f/5.6 / 1/640 sec. / ISO 160

This beautiful adult bald eagle was frequenting a city park in Sparks, NV, during the early winter of 2018-19. It had developed pretty predictable patterns (e.g. times of arrival, favorite perches, etc). I therefore calculated how to get a shot of the eagle with the waning gibbous moon in the background, and went on a clear morning in an attempt to get the shot. My calculations paid off. I went, set up, and like clockwork the eagle showed up and perched in the tree I hoped it would perch in. With only very minor adjustments, I was able to line up the eagle with the moon. I then waited for it to "look at the moon" (by appearance only, of course), and clicked the shutter button. This is the result. I used a built-in telephoto zoom for the shot to bring both the moon and the eagle "closer" to the camera; but this also meant that focusing on the eagle left the moon a bit out of focus. Oh well--necessary tradeoff for a shot like this one!

Date Added
March 16, 2019
Date Taken
December 26, 2018