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Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro + 1.4X II
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Canada Geese [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-20 23:10
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I was at our local Nature center looking to try and capture some macro shots of Dragon and Damsel Flies. Nice soft evening light, but to breezy for serious macro shots. I stumbled into two families of Canadian Geese in the tall grass at the edge of the lake. When they jumped in the water and started swimming away, the babies from the one family swam away from their parents and joined in the other family. Soon this one mother had 17 babies following here around the lake.

Well that was a shot I could not pass up. I had my 180 macro lens with a 1.4 extender attached. Not the best lens to be using in this situation, but I just tried to make the best of it. I just had to wait until they were the right distance and formation to capture the shot. Cropped off the top and bottom of the frame to create the panoramic composition. Not as sharp as it should be, but it has a very high cuteness factor.

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-05-20 23:15]

great catpure. i'd sharpen a tad but all of those babies following one adult is very interesting.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-21 0:07]

Nice composition and all the light is in just the right place to highlight the little ones. Very clean smooth water with nice reflections.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-21 0:51]

Hello Scott,
How on earth does she cope with all those!! Great capture of this cute family all in a line. Very nice light and great sharpness. I like the reflections in the water.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi dear Scott ,
very nice shot and lovely mood.
well composed and greatexcellent.
well captured
thanks for sharing
best wishes

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-21 2:38]

Hello Scott,
Magnificent capture.What a big family:).POV,framing,lighting and composition are perfect.

Hello Scott,
Oh my dear, is that possible!?
It actually gives the impression of being one family...
Good light, and interesting situation is well framed!
Pablo -

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-21 2:56]

Hello Scott,
That's one big fleet to follow the mother goose. You've done very well cropping for a semi-panoramic composition. Excellent capture.
Best wishes,

Hi Scott.
Very nice shot. Interesting motive. Greta colour and composition. Well done. tfs. Stev

Hi Scott,
Lovely capture of mum and all the ducklings! I love how they are all in a line. Lovely ripples and reflections on the water and great lighting. Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-21 4:09]

Hi Scott,
Wonderful shot. Lovely colours and sharpness. Perfect lighting and focus. Beautiful water ripples and reflections. Great POV. I like the symmetry and the movement in the shot. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Scott,
A big and happy family on exercise. Nice timing to catch this pov. Excellent composition. Regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-21 8:27]

Hi Scott

This is really a fantastic shot! One mom and 17 !!!! babies...you really have to be a super-mom for that :))
Despite having a macro lens, you really managed a splendid shot here!
The POV is really good and the low and warm evening light made sure you alse benefited by some lovely tones and shadows. The reflections on the water are also cahrming and add to the overall impect of the shot!
Great exposure and superb composition, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

PS: Did you get any macros in the end? :))

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-21 10:45]
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Hi Scott,

High cuteness factor is correct! This is adorable and you caught all 18! I love them and the ripples in the water. But what's the end of the story? Did the one mom keep all the kid or did the other mom get hers back?


Great shot. Geese really do a great job taking care of the young ones.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-21 11:56]

Hi Scott.
What a big family you have pictured. It is really panoramic picture. Amazing pictured scene and impressive cropping. You are right: evening sun is so nice, mirror reflections on the water surface are wonderful as well as the great are DOF and sharpness of the image. Perfect job and my best wishes.

Hi, Scott.
What a long line! It will definitely not be surprise if someone is lost. Very nice light and good exposure.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-05-21 17:24]

merhaba scott
i see happy and cute geese family while they were swimming
i like composition, point of view, depth of field, lighting, colours, reflections on the water surface and note
thanks for sharing

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-05-21 18:12]

Hi Scott,
Really a nice light that looks wonderful against the green water. A really calm and beutiful image.
TFS and best regards,
José M.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-22 7:36]

Hola Scott,
magnífica foto,
bello trabajo y título original.
bonitos tonos y luminosa escena.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-05-22 13:23]

Hello Scott , Fantastic shot from mama with the baby's nice compositie colours very good , tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-05-23 20:12]

Scott this is absolute beauty. This is real beauty.I am just wondering how beauty it would have been when you look at them in real scenario. bravo tks ganesh

Hi Scott,
Very nice tranquil & pristeen capture of this family of these migratory birds and sometimes a better subject than dragon or damselflies. I think your lens config. worked out pretty darn good. :)

What a lovable creation with your 180 macro with extender, Scott!
The formation of the little babies following the mother goose has been beautifully captured against the greenish BG of water with reflections on it.
Thanks and regards.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-25 9:46]

Hi Scott,
looks like there is quite an assembly of those baby geese, must be an day care outing ;-).
Very nice capture, the lighting is wonderful and you composition looks great.
Very well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-05-25 11:57]

Scott, the horizontal composition is really great; besides, lovely warm shades all around in this lovely image.

Excellent sharpness and dof. The texture upon the water is great, as well as the reflections.

bonjour scott
c'est une sacrée famille que vous avez pris en photo.
tres sympa.

Hello Scott,
Beautiful scene, your title fit perfectly and remind me the song with the same name.
Beautiful and delicate compòsition with only water and reflections in it. Maybe a there is a lack of space near the adult bird and pic border, but´s the only thing that I can tell could be better, in my opinion, the rest is excellent.
best regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-25 21:35]

Hello Scott,
Just an amazing conga line you captured here this is diffinately the longest I've seen. Thanks for sharing Scott.

Hello Scott,
It is indeed high on the cuteness scale :) I like this unusual composition and low POV. Colors and environment look great! You caught nice reflection in the water too. This picture made me smile, thanks! :)
PS, I wonder how many pictures on this site have the same title, lol ;)

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-06-08 13:58]

Wow you made the record with this bunch I guess. , its like a whole class. Have to admit on photographil skills it could be better but the number is outstanding.
TFS Reina

....wonder if she gave them back when she had enough of babysitting? Nice capture, great story told!

Oh my goodness! ...and they are already pretty big. There must not be very many predators there. Definitely a 10 on the cute scale.

Evelynn : )

Hi Scott,
Ever heard of the song with this title? When I saw it, it poped up immediately. It seems that this mom is the babysitter for the entire gang of geese. I've never seen some many chicks following one mother. Sharpness might not be the best, but the colors and light are wonderful. I really love the subtle green reflections.

Hi Scott,
Perfect title and I like the panoramic comp mf. You made the most of the 180mm and 1.4x here :) Well done!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-27 22:56]

Hello Scott

I am seeing many scenes like this one these days.The shot is nicely composed with sharp details.The colours are well saturated and the water is beautiful with the reflections and the light ripples and wake.Well done.TFS


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-22 20:01]

Hello Scott, that's quite a family ! :-) Well composed image with great exposure and sharpness. Well done my friend,


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