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snow goose migration in flight by Jim Horn

March 2020 - snow goose migration in flight

March 2020 - Jim Horn


About the Image(s)

Sony α99ii, Sony 500mm f/4 lens with 1.4 teleconverter (focal length 700mm), f/5.6, 1/2000 sec., ISO 1250, tripod, gimbal.
This photo was taken near the height of snow goose migration at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, on Kleinfeltersville Road, about ½ hour north of Lancaster, PA. The snow goose count over the weekend was over 300,000. Among the snow geese are Canada geese and Tundra Swans. At 4:30PM EDT, the entire flock took to the air. I tried to capture the impact of so many snow geese, with detail and the golden glow from the sunset behind me. In Photoshop I rotated the image to make the foreground even with the bottom, cropped and balanced whites, highlights, shadows in Camera RAW filter and NIK filters.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Donna Paul   Donna Paul
Wow! You did what you set out to do and I feel like I can almost hear the geese just by look at this image. Great shot!   Posted: 03/02/2020 18:29:53

Sam Fernando   Sam Fernando
So many birds with sunset colors - good capture.   Posted: 03/12/2020 06:37:37

Laura Lee Bartholomew   Laura Lee Bartholomew
I love this image. It reminds me of the artist Escher where negative space transitions into positive space, and positive space transitions to negative space. This has such an artistic feel to me.

I do have a minor suggestion: crop out the thing edge of water at the bottom of the image. To my eye, it does not add anything to the image. And, there is a small goose head right in the center of it.   Posted: 03/12/2020 20:24:17

Laura Lee Bartholomew   Laura Lee Bartholomew
  Posted: 03/12/2020 20:24:19

Sue Gordon   Sue Gordon
I agree with Laura about the strip of water at the bottom. The rest of the image is stunning, full of frenetic energy and the richness of afternoon light on a wild environment. Love it   Posted: 03/25/2020 18:49:27

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Laura and Sue,
I took your suggestion and came up with this crop.
Thanks for your fresh perspective.
Dr. Jim   Posted: 03/26/2020 10:41:34
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