Geese Floating

Stately Canada Geese float

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Serene.

As I was thinking about another image for this week, my mind gravitated toward an image from more than 10 years ago, during a wonderful Autumn afternoon. As the light was slowly diminishing, I sensed that there might be some magic happening near the Quinapoxet river in my home town of West Boylson.

When I got there, I was not the only photographer, as several tripods were on the bridge. So I made the decision to get down to the waterline, if only to get a different vantage point. Shooting just a foot above the water, I was rewarded by these Canada Geese, who floated majestically. Slowly, they moved, as I photographed them, until finally, on shot 34, they aligned as seen here.

Here’s that serene moment…

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Geese on the Quinapoxet

Persistence does pay, even if you have to wait for geese to do your bidding 🙂

Have a wonderful day!

7-Day Nature Photo Challenge – Day 5

Canada Geese, all in a row!

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Project Relish, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.

So for the next week, let’s see, if I can come up with some interesting nature images and pass the challenge onto some of my fellow bloggers.

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Geese on the Quinapoxet

This image goes back almost 12 years, but is one that I still like after all these years.  Of course, the Canada Geese are the main actors in this image, but there’s a bit more to it…

First of all, this was a lovely Autumn day, and I had been tooling around doing a bit of photography, when, all of a sudden, a thought struck my mind that the light would be perfect at the Quinapoxet river in West Boylston, not far from home.  I made it over to the bridge where the river flows into Wachusett reservoir in no time, only to find that I wasn’t the only person with this idea: a number of photographers had taken position on the bridge with nice tripods pointing down the river.

Not easily deterred, I decided to take a different approach and went down to the edge of the river, so that I would shoot from a very shallow angle.  My camera was about 1 foot off the ground during the sequence that I shot to capture these geese.  The shallow angle and whisper of a breeze produced this magnificent reflection of color.  Standing on the bridge would not have resulted in this image.

Also, I discovered that posing geese is not easy, as no amount of brainwaves caused them to line up until this shot, where they are all distinct.  It took more than thirty shots to get this particular one.

 

Technical Details

This image was taken with a Canon EOS 10D and 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.  Exposure settings were f/6.7 at 1/60 second at ISO 400.

The Rules

Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger…  Holly’s OCA Blog has lots of great information on photography, as well as very cool images; you should definitely check out this talented person’s blog!  If she accepts this challenge, I look forward to the results!