Lisa Hlavinka  

Goose Fight by Lisa Hlavinka

December 2019 - Goose Fight

December 2019 - Lisa Hlavinka


About the Image(s)

This was taken while on a photography birding field trip with our camera club. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time when these two Canadian geese started fighting. This was shot with my Canon 7D Mark II, 100 - 400 lens at ISO 400 / 170 mm / f/5.6 / 1/800 sec.

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12 comments posted

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Monochrome was a great choice for this image. It's not nearly as impactful in color. In particular, I like the way the processing really brought out the water spray and feather detail. About the only suggestion I have is to consider adding a vignette to darken the lower corners of the frame.   Posted: 12/11/2019 17:46:06
Lisa Hlavinka
Thanks Henry, great suggestion.   Posted: 12/15/2019 20:55:38

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 53 & 86 & 95)
What a capture - definitely RPRT! So much drama and action, making me want to see a follow-up image of the aftermath! Mono is the right choice for this as the color version is too muted.

Because of the muted colors of the original, the resulting mono image is limiting detail in the birds, who are the star of the show. I tried to bring out more detail in the birds and their territorial struggle. I also added a subtle vignette as Henry suggested. What do you think?

  Posted: 12/14/2019 15:31:45
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Lisa Hlavinka
Thanks Tom, I think it helps. I struggled with how to bring out the birds more.   Posted: 12/15/2019 20:55:16

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
(Groups 8 & 18)
Great capture of real 'live' action . And mono is a good choice   Posted: 12/14/2019 15:43:45

Sharron Leppien   Sharron Leppien
So much action caught in one frame! I think that you completed a lovely edit and I have nothing to add. Well done!   Posted: 12/14/2019 21:48:45
Lisa Hlavinka
Thanks Sharron!   Posted: 12/15/2019 20:54:16

John Roach   John Roach
(Group 64)
Very nice caught my eye immediately as captured and processed very well.   Posted: 12/16/2019 07:41:26

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
My brain associates bright with action, so Tom's darker version feels less violent. I vote for your original tones. And you had the perfect shutter speed.   Posted: 12/17/2019 15:41:16

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Very nice photo. I have no suggestions.   Posted: 12/17/2019 20:04:22

Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
A very exciting image, Lisa and ideal for monochrome. I really like the action depicted, but I am a little concerned about the bright spot in the central area. I reworked the photo to diminish the exposure and add some contrast, while keeping the rest of the image intact.

  Posted: 12/29/2019 16:49:24
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Victor Wasilov   Victor Wasilov
Great job. The choice on mono turned a playful looking tussle into a brawl with the energy jumping out at the viewer. Excellent.   Posted: 12/29/2019 17:40:55