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A Squadron on the Wings of the Morning

A Squadron on the Wings of the Morning
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Copyright: Jim Pinkham (jpinkham) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 3 N: 151] (685)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-23
Categories: Birds, Sky
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Anatidae photos, Sunrise & Sunsets [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-24 18:41
Viewed: 3879
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A squadron of Canada geese assume formation just as dawn breaks the sky on a late September morning. This is more of a macro view, compared to my last previous post, and taken from a different spot, perhaps a half mile away, in the same nature preserve. I saw numerous birds on the wings during the hour or so I spent that morning traversing the riverside trails and savoring the different perspectives in the rising light.

Note the spot that looks something like a line of chalk beneath the apex of the formation and just to the left, spanning a rift in the clouds. That is actually the contrail of an airplane. It was interesting to watch how closely the formation followed the same path for a time.

Only PP is cropping for size and rule of thirds and one minimal pass of sharpening.

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hello Jim

a wonderful shot of these Canada geese in flight in the morning,
shot with a fine POV, i love the dark colored silhouettes
of the tree and the geese flight formation with the cloudy bakcground,



Hi Jim
I like the atmosphere in this shot. The subtle grey tones in the clouds catching the first rays of the morning sun are great. The trees in the corner bring a useful sense of scale to the composition. We get large flocks of this species in the UK too - it was introduced and is now a common bird.
Kind regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-10-25 18:31]

Beautiful shot Jim,
I remember when a sight such as this was as rare as hens teeth, but now their are so many geese here in Ohio they are becoming a real problem in some areas.
I love the color of the sky and the tree you composed into your shot. I noticed the small jet stream right off the bat!
Well done!!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-10-27 1:55]

Jello Jim
Nice title for a beautiful capture. I love the colors of the sky in the morning and the contrast of the Squadron against it. An interesting and excelent shot.
Greetings and TFS

Hi Jim. Beautiful pattern of the flying squadron. The trees and sky are just brilliant in this composition. TFS and best regards. Jusni

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