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Ignoring Me

Ignoring Me
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Copyright: David Sidwell (dsidwell) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 7 N: 192] (718)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, UV + Circ. Polarizer
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-12-22 10:36
Viewed: 4042
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Branta canadensis. The Canada goose, now found everywhere in North America (at least in the West), was once an uncommon bird. It was almost considered extinct until the 1960s when efforts were made to preserve it. Now, they have even been transplanted even to the U.K. and Scandinavia. So this is a preservation success story!

With a wingspan of up to 6 feet, they are the second largest waterfowl in the U.S. (just behind the swan). Unlike many waterfowl, this bird does not necessarily migrate, so we get to enjoy its company all year. They also do not usualy travel far, at least relative to other migratory birds. This was one of a mated pair that lived near my parents' cabin. They hardly even got out of the way of cars when we tried to drive past. Alas, they are now gone and only spent two years in their mountain home. Canada geese mate for life, and so this pair are still around, somewhere.

once, after reading one of my favorite authors, Franz Kafka, I wrote a story about some geese flying north. In the first person, I wrote about seeing geese in their usual V formation flying north--but it was the start of winter. I couldn't get them to stop and felt helpless. Very Kafka-esque, don't you think?

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-12-22 10:38]

Excellent shot except for POV. This is the one area where we are at the mercy of the moment. Good post. Well done

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-12-22 14:39]

Well David, this is ome angle on Mr Canada Goose that I have not yet encountered, and I quit likr it.
Enjoed the note too.
Good to see you posting here.

Nice to see you here too, David. I like the story about this goose and it's successful preservation. Original POV conveys lot's of intimacy to this shot. The eye shows even a kind of melancholy to be compared to what you've expressed about winter in your note. Head coat texture is well exposed despite contrasted colors. Just a minor nit, beak tip is a bit out of focus. Very good title.

Nice one. It's like we're watching him watching over - or surveying - his kingdom ;-))
Lots of details in the feathers and good handling of the whites.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ****
Note: ***

Good shot I just don't like the BG.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-23 16:22]

He has that far away look in his eye, and the BG looks like a great valley that he is peering into. I like this composition and the Image is sharo as well.

Very well done and thanks for posting.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-26 21:58]

David, to me, POV is the great point here. I have the feeling the goose doesn't trust the photographer, as if he were a threat. Excellent sharpness.


P.S.: I've been having some serious problems regarding my connection. If I "disappear", be sure I'll be back to check your photos as soon as possible.

David, I have seen your many excellant photos on the TREK EARTH site. It appears as though your talents extend to this site also.

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  • cam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 78] (360)
  • [2005-06-20 16:44]
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Good title,David.
This is an axcellent close-up,rich in details.
The eyes seems to say-I don't care,but stay away_
good luminosity from the side.

Hi David,
Very interesting specimen. I had to question it. After some research, Branta canadensis, richardson's race. Could you look into it.?
I'm judging by the size of neck, I'm sure it knows you are there. Richardson's race are the smallest subspecie. It looks small.

Excellent capture and well done on the composition and details. The POV is great.


Beautiful and interesting composition! Good POV, colors, DOF and details ! Thanks for sharing.



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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-07-15 16:13]

Great Canada Goose photo David.I like the way he is kind a looking back at you:)Nice note.You are absolutely right they are everywhere indianapolis and chicago everywhere(I did not see in FL ,must be too hot or too far for them)I honestly don't like them because They are noisy and hard to walk on the grass because of their left overs you know what i mean:)TFS
CT of Chicago

I used to see huge birds of all types in Nepal all the time, but now they seem to be gone! This is a nice goose!

You are a university professor if Franz Kafka is one of your favorites, LOL! Great capture, the POV is hilarious.


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