Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lucky Ducky

I was the lucky duck with this shot. On a short stop at Bosque del Apache in January, the snow geese were very cooperative. Their expected spectacular early morning fly-out happened not the usual once, not twice, but three times. What sheer luck for a photographer!

As they flew off heading to nearby fields to feed for the day, the sky was full and it was difficult to predict exactly how the geese would line up and create a good composition. In this kind of situation it is best to shoot shoot, shoot, and hope for the best.

Even though you might be shooting indiscriminately, you still must maintain control of your camera and its settings. Set your shutter to rapid burst and your focus to AI Servo (Canon) or AF-C (Nikon). Those settings will increase your chances of success.

Check your Histogram every few shots to make sure your exposures are accurate.

You also must pay careful attention to the action. Watch where the birds are in relation to the sun angle. Watch for wing position and separation between the birds. Sure, you will have many unsuccessful shots. But if you shoot a lot of images, and keep your wits about you, you will walk away with some real winners. Be patient. Take your time. And most of all, enjoy whatever show Mother Nature provides.

Shutter Speed 1/800.  Aperture f/14.  ISO 800.  Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS, set at 140mm.  Camera: Canon 5D Mark III.  Handheld.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Luck is where opportunity meets preparation."  --Denzel Washington

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