Pierre Williot  

Early morning light on Canada Geese Goslings by Pierre Williot

May 2020 - Early morning light on Canada Geese Goslings

About the Image(s)

Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge - Western New York
Date: April 25th 2020

Equipment: Olympus EM1- Mark III, M. Zuiko 300mm Pro lens, Olympus MC 1.4X tele-extender, monopod
Settings: ISO 400, f/5.6, 420 mm (full frame equivalent 840 mm), 1/400 sec, minor cropping and adjustments in LightRoom.

11 comments posted

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Good one Perrie, reflections sure make it. Colours nice and rich. I may have cropped the reeds and a little of the foreground out but that is only a personal view and always get criticised for cropping too much.   Posted: 05/03/2020 21:17:12
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks Geoffrey,
These little chicks are so fluffy and adorable!

  Posted: 05/04/2020 13:24:16

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther

Lovely light and reflections; I agree that cropping in might be better since the background doesn't add much to this image.   Posted: 05/04/2020 13:54:51

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
I like the use of the reeds to lead my eye directly to those cute goslings. The background doesn't bother me as it forms a reference for the reflections. However, I would suggest darkening the foreground to be less competitive with the goslings. Your composition is spot on by separating the left 3 from the right 2.   Posted: 05/04/2020 15:22:41

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Pierre, the early morning light is perfect for the water and the goslings. Darkening the highlights in the water might bring more emphasis to the goslings. Two looking to the right and two to the left with the 3/2 split completes the perfect image.   Posted: 05/06/2020 15:00:42

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks for all your comments.
  Posted: 05/06/2020 16:10:14

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
The colors are really nice. I do agree that I might have cropped it also. I think overall though it is such a nice photo. I wouldn't really change anything else about it.   Posted: 05/10/2020 12:45:46
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks Jacob.   Posted: 05/11/2020 15:57:41

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Just love this! Sometimes its just the simplest places and shots, instead of traveling around the world. I do agree that the reflections down a bit and a crop would really make this a stunner. The chicks in almost the center horizon line bothers me a bit. Whether you crop from the foreground or background would just be personal preference. Bravo for going out during Covid!   Posted: 05/10/2020 16:27:25
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Brenda,
I love this time of the year with all the offsprings around, mating colors and behaviors + the trees are not full yet!
In respect to Covid.... New York State was hit pretty hard! As there were too many people going to one of my favorite nature preserve nearby, they had to close the parking lot and the boardwalks as it was not really possible to keep social distancing. I did not want to go anywhere close to that spot. Instead, this is a preserve approximately 1 hour away from where I live, and far from any major city. Furthermore, when I arrive there at 5:45h (yes, leaving my house at 4:45h) to get the first few rays of sun (landscape photography), no one else is there! By the time I took that picture it was around 9 AM and I was leaving as more people were coming in! (I always have a mask on.)   Posted: 05/11/2020 16:06:35
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Thanks for the Covid story and how it wove into your photography! Such a sweet pic in the midst of fear and sadness.   Posted: 05/24/2020 19:31:12


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