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Copyright: Simon Biffen (simon182) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-200 F 2.8 EX APO HSM, Digital RAW, 77mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-26 13:41
Viewed: 3858
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was testing out the Sigma and checking some pictures on the LCD when I heard the well known 'honk honk' of the Canadian goose and then this guy flew right over my head!

I have been testing different focusing methods and really only just learnt about using the AF-ON button so I can separate focusing from the shutter giving me more control. I also realised I'd been using only the third fastest focusing mode for several months, chhh! Made sure I was using the single area point focus this time and it nailed it superbly as I barely had time to do anything else and was fortunate to have pre set the camera.


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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-03-26 13:45]

Hi Simon,
Great shot. Really nice composition.
Good colors and details, even against the blue sky.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-03-26 13:52]

Hello Simon,
Wonderful capture.I liked POV,cross framing,details and composition a lot.Very well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-26 13:57]

Hello Simon,
Very fine in-flight shot of the Canada goose in nice light. Very sharp focus showing nice details of plumage. The tail looks really funny, like a frilly skirt!! Great composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-26 14:01]

Hi Simon,

Beautiful capture of the goose with that wing span. The colors and details are wonderful. You did a great job with this capture.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-26 14:19]

Hello Simon,
Magnificent in flight capture.POV,sharpness,crisp clear details,BG,glisten eyes,cross framing and composition are excellent.


Nice stretched wings; Diagonal composition; Blue sky for background; Nice lighting on wings with excellent details; Head turned to show the facial profile; Nice catch light in the eye.

This is a complete picture.

Murali Santhanam

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  • irimi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 2 N: 49] (266)
  • [2007-03-26 14:21]

Hello Simon,
Today D200s rule :) Excellent capture with amazing detail on feathers. Yes you have nailed the focus as well as the exposure. Very well done. I wish I could have given more than 2 point to this shot :)


Estupendo POV.
Bellos detalles y estupenda composición.
Un saludo, JL.

Hi Simon,
Great wings of course.
Well composed; diagonally.

Hi Simon,

Great to see the full wingspan of the goose. Nicely detailed also.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-26 15:11]

Hi Simon.
Very nice test result. Great in-flight shot and perfect composition. Excellent colours and sharpness. Applied technique is very productive. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-03-26 15:44]

Hello Simmon. Very good picture of the Goose.
Great detail of the wings,he stands out well against the blue sky. well done.


You have really nailed it, Simon.
This is the best ever shot of a bird in flight I have ever seen with such clear sharp focus and perfect details on the wings.
I have read you note with intense interest; I use the same camera.
What do you mean by "third fastest focusing mode"? Which other did you find out and use here? And what is "single area point focus"?
What did you choose on AF-ON button?
Sorry for being a pest with my questions!

I's say you really nailed this one Simon. The sharpness is super and the view from above the bird showing the spread tail is really nice. Good natural color too. I'm confused about 3 focus speeds... Could you explain that a little?


Evelynn Smith

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-26 16:41]

Hi Simon

Anohter splendid photo from you, my friend!
This is truely a magnificent in-flight and the composition you managed to create here is outstanding!
Also by positioning it diagonally in the frame, you managed to create the impression of it being a lot bigger :)
The details and colors are again terrific and the lighting and exposure on the plumage (especially the feathers of the wings) are lovely.
Superb work!

Bravo and TFS

You nailed that one Simon, you seem to be enjoying your new lens! I like the "above it" point of view, the lighting is good on the feathers, colours are good. Well done.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-26 17:48]

Hello Simon,
Superb inflight capture, looks like he is on a glide pattern to the right. Fabulous details and colors on the plummage, thanks for sharing this excellent composition.

hi simon,
nice capture of flying canadian goose, nice pov, i liked the composition, sky makes nice bg, sharp image with good details,
very well done, tfs & regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-27 0:18]

Wow, that is a fantastic in-flight shot, Simon.
We have seen many Canada Goose, but never one in full flight like this.
The details are amazing. Light and exposure are perfect.
The blue sky makes a magnificent BG.
TFS. : )

bonjour simon
ah!difficile de faire rentrer l'oiseau dans le cadre avec son envergure,la solution vous l'avez trouvé dans cette diagonale.
netteté impeccable,bons details et exposition ideale.

An extremely nice shot of this Canadian goose. Nice detail in the plumage with great colors. Nicely done Simon. :)

Hello Simon,

This is an excellent in-flight shot of a Canadian goose! It seems that not only is your lens very good but you also have already learned how to use it to get the best results! This shot is truly a winner! I wish I can take one like this myself!


The diagonal composition is very efficient for this kind of shots as it suggests turning. The POV is also very good since most of the in-flight shots are taken from below. You were lucky to catch this guy close to the ground thus being able to show us the upper side of the wings. The plain, blue sky is the perfect background as it isolates your goose very well. I also noticed the correctly distributed empty space in front of the subject! Very good!


Very good and natural looking colors! I thought these guys have orange feet and beak but it seems I was wrong. Perhaps that was a different species! The blue sky has the best color to compliment an in-flight shot of a bird!


Excellent contrast in the subject! Especially between black and white! Additionally, the lack of contrast in the background helps isolating the goose!


Just brilliant! Look at the white feathers in the tail and the black ones just above! You can identify each one of them! This has been achieved by a perfect control of the exposure! And when you think all this was done against a bright background! Congratulations! For the great catchlights in the eyes too!


According to the sharp details, I can say that focus was achieved perfectly! I read your note and tried to find the equivalent of your focusing method in the Canon cameras but am still confuse. Whatever the focusing method, it really nailed it down as you said! The DOF was also well controlled to keep the whole goose in focus! No sharpness fall-off, even in the wing tips!

A great shot complimented by a great frame! Bravo! Thank you for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

Great action shot Simon! Nice diagonal composition, great DOF and amazing details on the plumage. Wonderful work and TFS!

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