An eagle eye focused on photography

September 30, 2019 02:16 PM

WATERFORD – Robb Bagnato used to stop and stare out at Peebles Island on his way to work. He would sit with his Canon 70-D in the cab of his pick-up and wait for eagles or other wildlife. If he spotted one, he would aim his 150x600 lens and hope to get the shot. Wildlife doesn’t take direction well.

“Sometimes you miss the shot, most of the time you miss the shot,” Bagnato said. But when you get the shot, it’s great.


It was a nice diversion before driving to his regular job each day. But he recently lost that job so now he spends more time looking for a new job and less looking for photo subjects. He hopes that with the fall focus on getting family photos for cards or portraits, he might start of Robb Bagnato Photography.

'"Mostly from the time I get up to the time I go to sleep I'm messing with pictures,” he said.
Bagnato, 50, took photo classes at Linton High School back in the 80’s. He learned all about developing film and now love digital as well.

"See what pictures you take after you take them, you don't have to wait a week to get them developed,” Bagnato said.

In 2011, one morning he woke up and couldn't move. He went to put his hand on my head and thought his arm was asleep but he still tried to get out of bed.

“I couldn't,” Bagnato said. “So I scooted off the edge of the bed and went to stand up and fell flat on my face."

His doctors deemed it stress-related. He was divorced and was smoking and work had piled up. They wanted him to do physical therapy but he didn’t want to do that.

“I wanted to do my own physical therapy so I picked up the camera and just started walking around taking pictures,” he said. “Ended up here at Peebles Island and saw eagles and I just got hooked."

One tip for any photographer by the way: "A lot of patience."


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