The Unexpected Geese

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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.

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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!

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Here is the result of panning. Unfortunately, the branches in the forefront got in the way.

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More geese coming and leaving the pond.

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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.

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