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#1 Foveola


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 23:56

This Canada goose was imaged two days ago on a local lake. He was standing on ice that had a thin layer of water on it from recent rains. I liked the leaning pose and smooth color transitions

D4 600VR f/5.6 1/1250s ISO800

Post Processing: Cleaned up some debris on ice and smoothed the background a bit.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 15:14

Randy, I wouldn't dream of trying to advise you but a super picture it is. :good: :good:
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 16:53

Randy that's a mighty fine image, wouldn't change a thing :)
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 21:30

"Of course my foot's not frozen to the ice....."

I liked the leaning pose

Me too.

For this and the Loon shot, can you tell us a bit about what support you used?
I'd also be interested in whether a hide/blind was needed and how long you generally find yourself waiting to capture images like these.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:51

Thanks guys for the feedback.

Colin - The goose was shot using a Gitzo tripod with Wimberley II head. I was at my local bird sanctuary. I had been there dozens of times, but this was the first time that I had this combination of ice with a layer of water on the surface, and some actual sunshine. I was primarily shooting birds in flight (see my recent mallard post) but I always try to keep my eye open for interesting lighting, poses, or backgrounds. I took a number of shots of birds on the watery ice that morning, but this was my favorite, even though I rarely bother taking pictures of Canada geese, they are so common here.

The loon was taken while floating around in my little boat, with the camera mounted on a seat pedestal that brought it down so I could just see over the top of the gunwale. It is so low that I have to use a right angle finder.

I didn't need a blind in either case. I am blessed with some good shooting locations where the birds are used to humans. This is not often the case with loons in particular, so it helps get this type of shot.

Hope that answers your questions.



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