Pierre Williot  

Territorial Canada Geese by Pierre Williot

March 2023 - Territorial Canada Geese

About the Image(s)

Title: Territorial Canada Geese

Location: Burlington, Ontario

Equipment: Canon EOS R5, Canon RF 100-500 mm lens, Hand held (Tripod method with knee)
Set up: ISO 800, 1/500 sec, f/14, EV 0.33
Post processing: Minimal adjustments and cropping with ON1

All of a sudden, hell broke loose! These 2 Canada Geese started to fight. Surrounding geese were very vocal! Altogether, they were at each other's necks for probably 3-4 min.

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

Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
Love the action! I would have probably brought up the vibrance and added a catchlight to the near goose. But I like it.   Posted: 03/03/2023 17:31:13

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Great action shot. I don't know if it all the flying water or the fast action but the heads of the birds appear a bit soft to me.   Posted: 03/07/2023 22:03:25

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Great action and I love the movement in the water, and the water drops all around. Its a little difficult to make out the 2 heads clearly and I don't think its as sharp as it could be. Perhaps a higher shutter speed would help. I was taught to try to use a shutter speed about twice the focal length of the lens, so 1/1000 secs in this case.   Posted: 03/10/2023 14:21:25

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
I agree that the heads are a little bit out of focus. The bodies themself are sharp. I believe this is because the autofocus, targeting the heads, was misled by the drops of waters between the camera and the heads. (The camera will always focus on the closest object in the target zone!) I had the same issues with snowflakes in the past. I should have switched to manual focus! (not much time to think during this action shot! - I will keep this in mind in the future.   Posted: 03/14/2023 19:28:14

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
Overall this is a very dynamic photo. I love all the motion. That said the heads are a bit difficult to recognize and so become hard to focus on. I think you already mentioned how you would compensate for that as I can't really offer any help there. Beyond that I think the set up and framing of the subjects is perfect and overall it is a strong piece.   Posted: 03/17/2023 10:12:41

Christine Smith   Christine Smith
Like everyone else, I love the action of the geese and the explosion of water around them. Really nice image!   Posted: 03/17/2023 11:28:48