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We Have Liftoff.

We Have Liftoff.
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/11, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Canada Geese [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-18 7:07
Viewed: 2919
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Canada Goose was captured taking off from a marshy area near the park gates at Waterton Lakes National Park. One of my favorite spring and autumn memories ever since my early childhood was hearing the honk of the Canada Geese. I'd peer up at the sky and look for the telltale V-formation of the flock of geese returning to Alberta for the summer or leaving for the winter.

Canada Goose

By Ben
Jordan Acres School
Brunswick, ME
Grade 4

As I fly from the south in a V,
I see kids looking at me.
I fly to a pond
Of which I am fond.
I’m about three feet in size
And have nice black eyes.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-18 7:28]

Hello Rick,
Very nice capture of this Canadian calling and taking off! Excellent sharpness and I really like the bull rush in the bakground. Excellent composition! - I like these geese a lot although they're often regarded as unwanted invaders.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-18 7:30]

Hello Rick,
Nice action shot of a Canada Goose taking off. This is sharp and set in and excellent comp. with fine BG of bullrushes.
Great to see a shot of this species in its native land. They should not have been introduced into Europe.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Rick,
It's nice to see a Canada Goose photographed in Canada :) This is a good moment caught with nice details and beautiful environment. It looks like a documentary shot! Colors and details are beautiful! I like to see its mouth open with its little tongue :-) Thanks,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-18 8:16]

Hi Rick,
Perfect timing, sharpness, background and composition.
I like your personal history around this photo.
TFS, José M.

Magnifique décollage pris au bon moment.
Bonne journée.

Nice action shot, Rick!
Details and colours on bird are good in combination with BG.

Hi Rick, nice shot of the Canada Goose. Nice details captured along with a good pose. The natural surroundings has made for a nice background. Very nice shooting Rick!


Hi Rick,
Nice poem. Good in flight image.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-18 10:20]

Hi Rick,

Wonderful shot of this goose taking off. Was he honking? I love the natural colors and the details are excellent.


Hello Rick
What a great flight shot,
Excellent lighting and focusing,
Perfect BG and POV,Welldone.


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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2007-04-18 12:24]

Hi Rick,

Excellent natural shot. 20d and 100-400 is a good combination, yielding excellent results in sharpness and a natural look in the background. Excellent work.


Hiya Rick, :)

Wow man this is An Awesome Action Capture! Excellent timing, and your sharpness is Superb! In a field of Cat Tails, that just couldn't be any better! Very well done, always a joy Rick. Take care hon, and have a great day.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-18 13:40]

Hi Rick

Stunning - the composition is really strong - plus sharp. The heads of the bullrushes add an excellent vertical element. The goose stands out well against the buff BG.



...and we look up to see them arriving for the winter. My fifth graders always memorized the poem, "Something told the Wild Geese" it was time to go. Though the fields lay golden, something whispered snow... etc etc More of them seem to have decided to stay year round but it's still a thrill to see the "V's" arriving with their honking. It's enough to give one goosebumps...uh sorry!

This is another nice sharp image. I like the cattails in the background and the soft winter colors. Perhaps a sliver off the top would make it feel less like he is too close to the bottom????

Evelynn : )

Hi Rick,
Excellent capture of this goose! Excellent sharpness and details and I love the rushes in the background. Wonderful composition! TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-18 22:02]

Hola Rick.- Un Ganso Canadiense muy hermoso. Grandes detalles y bellos colores. Foto muy bien lograda y con un muy buen encuadre.
Luis52. I Like your Note a lot.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-18 23:16]

Hello Rick

This is a lovely shot, it could be used on a greeting card.The cat tails make a super backdrop for this perfectly captured goose.Excellent POV .TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-19 1:55]

A delightful scene, Rick.
The details on the Canada Goose are very sharp, and you caught him in a great action pose, wings out, beak open, tongue wagging!
I really like the monochromatic quality of this composition.
TFS. : )

hello Rick

you have captured this big goose in an very interesting position
focus on the bird is very good

it is a lovely action picture



Majestueux dans ce champ de quenouilles, magnifiques composition et détails.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-20 8:33]

Oh and this one is wonderful as well. I love the positioning of the wings, how they are fully stretched reaching into the sky. Beautiful composition, I love the earthy colors.

beautifuol pic, great composition. TFS Ori

Nice job. The backround is beautiful and the detail of the goose in sharp.

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