Clark James Mishler
The Three Minute Portrait.
Started on the first day of January, 2010, I have produced at least one portrait each day since. The average time for each portrait is 3 minutes. Here are the results.

Osprey Sushi

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on July 22nd, 2011

Lunch!  An Osprey, with a Salmon plucked from Fish Creek, flies over Steelfab in Anchorage's industrial area, at 11 AM, July 21. (Clark James Mishler)

11 AM, July 21, 2011.  While on assignment at Steelfab near Ship Creek in Anchorage, I was walking across the yard and saw a strange bird approach.  I wasn’t sure what kind of bird it was, but I could tell it had something in its talons.  I quickly raised my 70-200 mm lens on my Canon 7D and fired off 4 exposures, this was the final image.  It wasn’t until I zoomed into the image on the back of the camera, however, that I discovered that the Osprey had a Dolly Varden in its clutches.  The whole event happened in less than 5 seconds.  There’s an old photographic proverb, “Be there at f8”.   Yes, be there, and be prepared!


The great taloned osprey
nests in Scotland.
Her nest’s the biggest
thing around, a spiked basket
with hungry ugly osprey offspring
in it. For months she sits on it.
He fishes, riding four-pound salmon
home like rockets. They get
all the way there before they die,
so muscular and brilliant
swimming through the sky.

“Osprey” by Kay Ryan, from The Best of It: New and Selected Poems. © Grove Press, 2010.

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