Congratulations to Cindy Upchurch for winning the recent Discovery Landscape Photography Assignment with the image, “Naknek Alaska Eagle.
”This was taken in Naknek, Alaska, on Bristol Bay during the salmon run of July 2018,” says Upchurch. “This was a new location for me as I had never seen so many eagles nor been in Naknek.
The eagles were on the beach and cliffs/bluffs just waiting for the fish to be caught in the nets. It was quite amazing.“The bluffs along the bay were mostly brown and blended in with the eagles’ feathers, making composition a challenge.
Light was important for the eagles to show their brilliant shades of browns against the brown cliffs. Trying to get different expressions from the eagles and against the dark background took a fast shutter and steady hands.
With the hundreds of eagle pictures I took during this time, I love the fact that this eagle took the light on this high cliff in the middle of these white wildflowers and green grass during morning hours.”
“In July 2017, I had a fantastic opportunity to spend a week in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska, for an exciting photography adventure,” says Heather Genovese.
“It was my first time visiting Alaska, and I immediately fell in love with the lush, pristine landscape.
One of the many highlights of the trip was watching these adorable cubs run and play.
They reminded me of when my siblings and I were kids. I could almost hear them say, ‘Mom, she’s picking on me!’ as they took turns pinning each other down. I was lucky enough to snap this shot as they took a very brief break from playtime to enjoy a moment of peace.”
Canon EOS 70D, Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD at 450mm. Exposure: 1/800 sec., ƒ/6.3, ISO 800.
See more of Heather Genovese’s work at momentsbyheathernicole.com.