The Unexpected Geese
I saw fog rising above the pond the other day so I grabbed my camera and ran across the street thinking I’d capture some really cool fog photos. Unfortunately, the colors were drab. I wasn’t going to stay but, suddenly, the ice cracked and the loud boom that followed startled the geese, who were having a swim at the far end of the pond. They began to fly towards me. At that moment, my camera shutter speed was set to 1/100. I knew that wasn’t fast enough to get a clear shot of the geese flying overhead but if I attempted to change the shutter speed I would have lost the shot. So I started panning and shot in a burst to hopefully get my camera to focus on the geese. In the panning photos, I ended up with only one clear photo of the geese. The other photos are from trying to capture the flurry of geese activity that late afternoon.
In this photo, I like how the curved line of the geese mimics the curved line of the tree tops.
Here, the geese are flying right in front of me. Either I couldn’t get my camera to focus, very likely, or at 1/100th shutter speed my camera would not stop the action. Probably both!
Here is the result of panning. Unfortunately, the branches in the forefront got in the way.
More geese coming and leaving the pond.
It was worth staying around. Even though the photos aren’t of great quality, I enjoyed photographing and watching these last four geese flying in.