I got another opportunity with Snow Geese on Monday morning - about 10,000 of them landed in my neighbor's field at 8 a.m. I could hear their collective honking inside my house!
It was a dreary morning so I upped the ISO to 1600 for the greatest depth and fastest shutter. I got within 50 yards of the birds -- then they took off to the next set of fields.
It's a similar shot to the first one but a faster shutter makes a big difference in the details. Plus there are a lot more birds!
Next year I'll have a longer lens. :)
(There's one population of Greater Snow Geese in the world - about 800,000 of them altogether. They breed in the Arctic and winter in the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays. They migrate along the North American Atlantic flyway at this time of year.)
Camera settings and post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens at 200mm, ISO 1600, f/9, shutter 1/1000s. Curves adjustments, color balancing.
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Hi Kathleen. This one is absolutely marvellous! Looks like a Japanese picture to me. Absolutely unreal!
What a great photo, Kathleen. I've follow your blog on a Google Reader RSS since last fall. A really nice blog and some lovely photos.
What a great photo, Kathleen. I've followed your blog on a Google Reader RSS since last fall. A really nice blog and some lovely photos.
Kathleen, what a fabulous opportunity! What works well in this picture is the unexpected...how the birds at the top are flying into the pitch-black background. Wow. Rich colors and lots of action. Can't really top 10,000 snow geese for action!
Beautiful great photo
What can one say about this picture but beautiful and original. I am happy I found this site.
This is gorgeous! I'm envious-wish I'd taken it. Great work. Enjoying your portfolio.