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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 APO DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-04-29 11:39
Viewed: 3204
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

yes i know, it's another non seascape! I wanted to share this one though as although i'm clearly no Necip, this is one of the best inflight bird shots i have managed to squeeze from my Sigma 300mm!
It was taken from a double decked hide at Arne Nature Reserve on the same morning as my last post of the Rabbit was taken. We were here looking for Sika Deer, but these decided to keep well away and to the shore of the tidal salt marshes which this spot overlooks, which you can see in my workshop.
I think i'm right in saying this is a Canadian Goose but please forgive me if i'm wrong. The reason for the title is that this chap was sat peacfully minding his own business when another of his kind flew over to join him. He wasn't in the mood for company though and instantly chased off the unwanted visitor quite violently, who is just out of shot unfortunately. Hope you like it...normally they are just a blurry fuzz!

shot in RAW, handheld, a reduction of highlights, lightening of shadows + 2, cropped a little, resized, converted to JPEG and sharpened

Thanks for looking..

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-29 11:47]

Hi Paul. What a good inflight shot of this gosse . you did very well with your 300 lens. good detail and colour in the top of the wings. and good timing on your part. well done TFS.
Can you give me a call some time.

Hello Paul
This might worry Necip if he had your kit for the day!! (No offence Necip if your looking!!)
In my opinion this is pretty much spot on..The sharpness from wing to wing and all points in between is awesome...You had very little light and still got a super sharp picture at a slow shutter...
I see hidden talents blooming here!!
All the best mate

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-29 12:33]

Hello Paul,
Great one with your new Sigma: well panned with good sharpness and caught at a great moment that makes this Canada Goose look really distaught.
Great lighting and POV too.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

Hello Paul,
Delighted to see Paul's posting of a Goose in flight!
the pattern on the wings are truly beautiful with clarity and nice details and I loved your title!
many thanks for sharing

A fine in-flight shot indeed Paul, the motion is perfectly frozen, lighting is fair, so the amount of detail offered by the sharply focused bird is quite high. TFS and cheers, my friend!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-29 13:26]

Hi Paul

Great action shot - very good detail - every feather is clear. These are one of my least favourite birds - in the UK - if you have tried walking on the grass in Poole Park you will know why!


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-04-29 13:26]

Hello Paul,

A different picture today, great capture!
You composed the picture very well and the sharpness is
superb. Great POV and framing.. Well done


Well well well

What can I say Mr Haynes, I take you out looking for Deer and then moan that all we see is a Canada Goose and then you throw this into the mix. A superb spread of wings that shows off a bird that is too often put downs true beauty.
We will reutrn to the same spot at dusk and the Deer will be aplenty.

Mr Glen. Jnr

; )

Great action/flight shot Paul. This is really a majestic shot, lots of detail, colour and definition to it. It's rare to see such a full wingspan of a large bird in such detail, excellent work. tfs regards h

Hye Paul Haynes...You're getting real creative with your birds in flight there old chap...do they still say that in Jolly Olde' England...Old Chap? I think it might be from some ancient move I watched...ah well never-the-less... it is a swooping scape....very much looks as though it needs another 800 pixels to the right before it crashes into the side of my monitor!

Hi Paul
I like the story in your note and funny photo. You did a critique of your shot so I can only say
TFS ;-0
Best wishes

Not a PaulH shot, but a good one, nonetheless.Excellent note to go with it...

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-04-30 7:12]

Hi Paul

So what if this is not a seascape? :) It's still a beautiful shot!
Funny thing is, now that i broken my Sigma 70-300, you started posting photos taken with yours :))

But seriously now, this is really a great, crispy clear in-flight and it deserved to "see the light". The pose of this goose is superbly captured here and the exposure - although very difficult - is well controlled.
Spot-on DOF to keep the entire wingspan in full focus and good composition with plenty of room in front of the bird.
Good luck for more, mate!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Paul,
Yes you are not Necip, Joe or Howard. But you are Paul and that is the different. Another nice diverse picture. of this beautiful Canadian Goose. Lovely composition and details. Well done. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-04-30 7:34]

Hello Paul, Lovely shot of this bird in flying. Lovely clarity and good composition. Well done Ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-30 8:26]

Very nice in-flight of this Canada Goose, Paul!
What a superb pose with the wings outstretched and the mouth open.
Great sharpness.
A dynamic composition and decent POV.
Great use of the light.
Well done Paul!


Hi Paul,

Yes these goose also breeding in England.
I saw them 2 years a go with goslings in Cornwall.

Good capture in the flight with lots of details.
It's nice to such pictures from you.


Wow, Paul! What a great action shot of this flying goose! Excellent details of the wings and how interesting to see it calling!

Was it shouting for other geese to wait for it, or just a here I come call?

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-30 17:29]

Hello again Paul, this is a great shot once more! Even though I am a fan of your beautiful seascape, this picture clearly demonstrates your ability and skills photographing. I wish I could capture such a lively movement from those great birds. Thank you!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-01 0:53]

Hi Paul,
Nice work in spite of the difficult light conditions.Well composed in-flight with a good POV. TFS

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-05-01 2:09]

Hi Paul,
good at animals too hey? nice! good clear shot with a nice stretched out pose showing the layers of feathers. well composed and the open beak is a nice touch. i can almost hear him 'honking'. well done and tfs

Hi Paul,
Great to see an inflight from you, a nice change of pace..
Although I see you did squeeze some water in there ;}
Well composed frame, the birds pose and open-beak R great.
Nice details/DOF, and a well managed exposure. It looks like it was a bit overcast?
Well done!

Hi Paul,
Well, as I see this time something really different :) But very interesting too. Bravo for timing - the goose looks like calling you ;) Very nice sharpness, natural light and colours.
All the best from Lodz,

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-01 19:33]

Hey Paul,
Although i would always love to see a landscape shot from you, this one is a true photographer's attempt...believe me, in-flight shots are a dream for so many of us and congratulations on making it to the good grades with this one:).
I think you had some trouble with the lighting as the light fell on the other isde of your subject.The span of wings you have cpatured is impressive and who knows you would soon be getting a great one with an eye contact.But hey, dont stop giving us your mastercrafted landscape shots.:)
Good Luck and TFS

P.S:How 've you been?

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-13 15:44]

Hello Paul,
Great inflight of this Canada Goose. From your notes I would say the goose minding his own business is a male and his mate is sitting on a nest near by. This is the cause of the territorial defence he put on the other goose. Great camera work Paul, You are a man of many talents.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-16 22:46]

Hello Paul

A lovely in flight capture of a Canada goose. I am not sure if it is a Canadian,Canada goose,they have naturalized so many places now lol.
The plumage detail is very good especially the spread out wings.
Well composed in the frame,I can hear the loud honking !


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