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Twin Engines

Twin Engines
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Copyright: Kathy Meader (writerscrawlz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 2 N: 924] (2961)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS digital rebel XT, 70-200 f2.8
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/350 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-05 13:43
Viewed: 3158
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I think this is the first time I've ever captured two geese in flight - and this one is much better than the single ones I've captured. (No tripod because I wasn't sure what I would be dealing with when I went -next time will be a little different.)

They took me by surprise because I had my eye on a red squirrel (that I missed completely), when I heard the loud familiar honk off to my right. Without missing a beat, I swiveled around zeroed in on these two, spun the knob hoping to land a shutter speed that would allow this photo to turn out.

My camera was on manual, but often there's not enough time to lock in on a focus when it's on auto - and besides, I hate depending on auto focus - even though I will be the first to admit that sometimes when I use that feature my photos turn out better. However, I know the only way I will improve is to learn how to handle the camera without autofocus.

I was in a place that I've nicknamed 'tick-o-topia' and I'm sure you can figure out why. The grass came up to my thighs and a few times I would've stepped in some large holes dug by something (dens, I'm sure) had it not been for my dog.

There are times when I completely depend on him; I mimic his moves because nine times out of ten, he'll spot something in the path were on that could cause me harm. He also finds things I'll completely miss such as a pair of geese huddling over their eggs. They were so quiet and the area was located in the midst of broad-leaved cattails - and very shallow water.

Actually, the area we were in not only had broad-leaved cattails to wade through, but we also had to deal with cheat grass - every dog's nightmare and mine too!

The squirrel I had noticed was in an area where several trees had fallen during our harsh winter - and there were more rocks than grass in that particular place.

The red squirrel ducked under a log about the same time I heard the geese with their parting honks. I think it was pure instinct to turn, aim, and fire. It's becoming easier to do - and I was able to focus at the same time I was turning the dial to increase the camera's speed. (I had it set on 100 ISO and 90 for shutter speed.)

This is an incredible area - I spotted more animals in this one area than I have in any other place - including wildlife sanctuaries. However, to be fair, this place is near the wildlife sanctuary where I often go.

The differences between my utopia and my other paradise is the desolation one can feel because my dog and I wandered directly off the path to follow animal trails. I didn't have to worry about cars zooming by, yelling kids, or cars backfiring.

I fell in love with this place and became aware of it thanks to a friend of mine who is aware I love to stroll off the beaten path. In fact, there's so much to see that I lost track of time. We left at sunrise and returned 7 hours later.

These geese, for whatever reason, are pleasing for me to look at. Not only do I feel peace, but there's a sense of release that allows me to breathe easier - almost as if my own tension within is released as they fly off. The other sense I have when I look at this is freedom.

With so many things happening, I've forgotten that feeling of freedom - though for several hours the other day, I got a good reminder of how it felt.

There will be other photos that will be posted over the next several days that I obtained while I was there - and once my tooth is fixed, I'll be a regular to this spot. Tomorrow the tooth with the exposed nerve will be dealt with. Oh, that's one other thing - I was actually able to not only forget my problems while I was here, but for some reason, I became so focused that I no longer was aware of the exposed nerve. I've decided the name I've dubbed it fits it so well: Utopia.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-05 13:47]

Hi Kathy. Firstly thanks for your kind comments. You have done so well to get two in the same frame and both in focus. a good inflight shot. with good detail and colour. You werelucky to get one with the wing turned up and the other down. well done TFS.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-05-05 14:48]

Well done Kathy, you got two for the price of one and that's a great deal anytime. Love the way the light falls on their wings, and illuminates the one trailing behind.
I believe I can hear them honking as they travel upstream to places unknown.

hello Kathy

you did a very very good in-flight shot of these Canada Geese,
very fine POV and DOF, excellent luminosity of the image
with excellent sharpness and details of the 2 subjects, TFS


Hello Kathy. Excellent chase and capture. Nice action shot here in well exposed image. Thanks for sharing this sharp image in flight. Regards. Jusni

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-05-05 23:46]

Hi Kathy, very nice capture of these two Canada Geese. Your title is very appropriate here. The shot is a little tilted, but maybe that fits with the banked flying these seem to be doing. Colour is good, the detail on the two is excellent.

Thanks, John

Kathy, this is a nice capture! Nice and clear - i love the details in the wings. well done :)

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