Greater Snow Geese II (Anser caerulescens atlantica)

PHOTOGRAPH INFO

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.

Thank you for visiting Durham Township!

--Kathleen

Comments:

Hi Kathleen. This one is absolutely marvellous! Looks like a Japanese picture to me. Absolutely unreal!

Posted by Maria at February 1, 2008 1:39 AM

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.

Posted by Bill O'Neal at February 11, 2008 8:45 PM

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.

Posted by Bill O'Neal at February 11, 2008 8:45 PM

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!

Posted by Photo Buffet at February 26, 2008 7:14 PM

Beautiful great photo

Compliments

Marcello

Posted by Marcello at April 6, 2008 4:52 AM

What can one say about this picture but beautiful and original. I am happy I found this site.

Posted by charge controller at March 10, 2009 6:01 PM

This is gorgeous! I'm envious-wish I'd taken it. Great work. Enjoying your portfolio.

Posted by Lyana Votey at September 15, 2010 9:10 AM
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