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wadge1 Apr 27, 2006 1:23 PM

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Hello everyone just been reading though a few posts and thought i'd ask your opinions on my Birds in flight pic. i took the pic with my Nikon D50 and the 55-200mm Kit Lens. I had the setting on shutter priority ,shutter speed was set to 1000. Photoshop is telling me the aperture was f5.6.

Caught theses 2 geese yakking in the field opposite the cottage were i live. Took a few shots of them just stood and then tried to closer. Then didn't hang around and thats when i took the opportunity to take several shots of them taking off.

This pic is my favourite one of the bunch.

any comments much appreciated


In search of Syd Apr 27, 2006 1:28 PM

Great capture. I know how hard it can be getting a shot like this. Would have preferred it if the geese were flying towards the viewer, but hey! you can't have it all. :-)

SteveDak Apr 27, 2006 1:36 PM

That is a great capture - been trying to achieve the same thing for a while now at our local park, so I agree with Syd's comment about difficulty levels. Haven't quite got it right yet.

Like the whole mood of this :cool:

wadge1 Apr 27, 2006 1:38 PM

many thanks In search of Syd

Now that would have been the icing on the cake.

The search continues

many thanks


wadge1 Apr 27, 2006 1:43 PM

thanks stevedak.

took about 20 shots alltogether but this pic stood out.

Thanks for your comments


In search of Syd Apr 27, 2006 1:45 PM

Where in Cornwall are you? Great place!

wadge1 Apr 27, 2006 1:52 PM

Liskeard We have the pleasure of living on a farm. After living in the city for the last 40 years it is absolutely fantastic waking up in the morning with total piece and quiet well apart from the birds singing and the cows mooing and the sheep bleating.

Ha ha ha we love it and yea it certainly is lovely in cornwall


In search of Syd Apr 27, 2006 2:04 PM

Ahhh . . . the Looe valley. Now I am very envious.

DomCotton Apr 27, 2006 2:05 PM


Great catch! My dad lives in Looe and I spent a week there recently trying to get pictures of birds amongst other things... very difficult! You did really well - agree with Syd about the heading towards you thing but still a very sharp catch!


KENNETHD Apr 27, 2006 3:06 PM

Ok, let me elbow my way in here. As a master goose man, I can qualify this shot as super. Why? Because the Canada goose is a magnificent flier, and you've caught that bang on here. The wing span is huge, and they are far far more graceful and agile than their look suggests. The one with the wings extended is in lovely contrast to the other one catching more air. The freeze action is very nice, perhaps the focus could be sharper, but as is, it works well, for these fellas fly anytime day or night. You make me chuckle because they love to yak back and forth as they fly. They always give you plenty of warning to get your camera ready, but sometimes cover a lot of distance is a surprisingly short time. For the tons and tons of pics I've taken of them only a handful illustrate their mastery of flight, as this one certainly does. Yup, I do like it.


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