Taking Photos: Why Be Patient? / by Marc Cappelletti

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When I came upon the eagle I was excited to get a shot, any shot.  It's a bald eagle.  It's awesome.  Part of me felt that the first shot was as good as it was going to get--relatively close up, in focus, OK lighting, fine.  There is something odd and interesting about a bald eagle in front of a no smoking sign.   But a shot of a bald eagle perched in front of a no smoking sign--well, I'm not hanging it on my wall. First Shot:

Bald Eagle

So, I waited.  And I waited.  The bird was pretty content on the piling.  A fresh piece of salmon was at its feet.  After a while the eagle's feathers ruffled.  Then its head turned to the side.  One leg bent briefly but returned to clutch the salmon.  A few minutes passed.  A breeze blew.  I thought about my time on these islands, Haida Gwaii, and the incredible scenery I had been privy to.  Then, in a rush, the bird flapped its wings and it was off.  Majestic, free, bold, it soared overhead and down the length of the channel, presumably seeking out more salmon.  I rapid-fired a few shots.

Second Shot:

Bald Eagle on Haida Gwaii

This is the result.  The result of being patient.  The result of hoping to get a dramatic shot, envisioning where the bird was going to go, and receiving a little bit of luck from the photography gods in the process.  I'm glad that I waited for this second shot.  This one is going on my wall.

********QUESTION******

To my surprise, some people prefer the first shot over the second. Which do you prefer?  Put it in the comments.