Paul Smith  

We Have Lift Off by Paul Smith

May 2020 - We Have Lift Off

About the Image(s)

I am crediting Ed for my May entry. Last month Ed submitted an image that, by his own volition was “noisy”. His ISO was much higher than needed and he had taken the shot in haste, without checking camera settings. In this shot of Canada Geese, I did the same thing. From two rooms away, my wife yelled, “get the camera…there are 100 geese in the backyard.” Without a thought, I grabbed the camera; turned it on (at least I remembered that) and ran for the back porch. Trying to be quiet, I opened the door, but they spooked! I followed their lift off as best I could and fired off 9 shots, expecting to have “frozen" their motion. When I checked, the Shutter speed was at 1/8th sec. No “frozen” !!! I really like this shot but it is more luck than preparation. Canon 80D, f/5.0, ISO 400, 85 mm, and a shutter speed of 1/8th sec

11 comments posted

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
Paul, I think you have done a great job with this image. In my opinion your "choice" of shutter speed creates a strong sense of the intense motion with the gaggle of geese becoming airborne while at the same time my eye still sees enough detail to know what they are. To me this is an excellent example of how a blur caused by a slow shutter speed is used to create an artistic sense of motion. I am also impressed with your use of the colors of the bright orange and blue of the sky in the background contrast with the darker colors in the foreground. I'm convinced you planned the shot this way all along and I think you did a great job.   Posted: 05/05/2020 14:33:26
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Thanks Ed. I wish I could agree with you!!   Posted: 05/05/2020 16:23:14

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
First, you make me glad that I have always had a rule for my camera storage. when ever I put the camera way I always reset it to my default of Auto ISO, 1/125 and f4.

Anyway, you accident, actually turned out to be interesting. The colors are a bit too vivid, but otherwise an interesting result.   Posted: 05/07/2020 18:21:11
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Thank you for stopping by. I enjoy seeing your work.   Posted: 05/08/2020 11:00:11
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Thank you Paul. I'll look forward to your photo next month.

I've posted a long cabin with the Milky Way in Group36 for this month. (there is also a good story to go with it.) You might like the image.

I read your bio---if you have Lightroom questions, please feel free to ask. I'll be happy to provide the "how you do that" for you.   Posted: 05/08/2020 11:08:35
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
You are the BEST...I will be calling on you from time to time.   Posted: 05/08/2020 11:12:29

Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
I really enjoy your photo, Paul. It is quite outstanding. It's exciting and dynamic. I happen to think the colors are perfect. I hope you print this very large; frame it and hang it in a viewable spot. I would also enter it in a number of contests. There will be some judges who are open minded and see its beauty.
It's reassuring to see that camera setting mistakes actually turn out better than the result would have been if everything went as planned. With fast changing scenes, it's not always easy to get things right.   Posted: 05/10/2020 17:08:01
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Thank you, Dan. As you suggested, I have a "stretch frame", 30 x 45 inches on my wall. I appreciate your comments.   Posted: 05/11/2020 10:34:09

Jean Wu   Jean Wu
It is a wonderful 'accidental' image but more like ICM photo. I agreed with Dan you should consider enter it in photo contests.   Posted: 05/11/2020 12:12:04
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Thank you, Jean.   Posted: 05/15/2020 09:35:01

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Nice use of a fortuitous accident. The bright colors do draw my eye initially, but cause me to focus my attention in on the rising geese.   Posted: 05/17/2020 12:26:10


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