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Geese over the Kennebec River

Posted by
Josh (Madison, Maine, United States) on 23 April 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

This is the image that has fueled my first real interest in photography.

It is from a set of nine frames chronicling the geese's transit from south to north almost directly over the Kennebec River between Anson and Madison, Maine. I was up there to shoot the sunset which I hadn't found particularly interesting. There were no dramatic clouds; there was only a little haze on the horizon, allowing the sun's light to be reflected in the minutes after it set as evidenced by the yellow tones to the left.

I love these guys, they were incredibly considerate for me. I didn't have to adjust anything, I just clicked the shutter as fast as I could while shaking with giddy joy. I knew I had captured something, and I couldn't wait to get home to take a look.

I still don't know what to do with the sequence. I could crop it much closer - the geese are in focus - but then I lose the delicate light in the clouds. I could stitch them together to form a sequential collage of sorts, but that's not exactly my style.

Still, this is one of the nine images that brought me to posting here and hopefully further as I learn more and fall into more of these happy circumstances.

By the way, these are the same species of bird featured in my first blog post here, if you are unfamiliar with North American bird species :)

NIKON D80 1/250 second F/29.0 ISO 320 450 mm (35mm equiv.)

Please feel free to be as technical as you'd like when commenting, which I invite you to do so honestly and often. I'm looking for brutal, honest feedback. I've got a lot to learn but I can't get better without your assistance.

I am using a Nikon D80 with the 50mm lens, as well as a 75-300mm lens. I don't use filters (because I don't have any), and my experience is self-taught.

Thank you, very much, for visiting this site.

1/250 second
ISO 320
450 mm (35mm equiv.)