Judith Lesnaw  

Splash by Judith Lesnaw

May 2022 - Splash

May 2022 - Judith Lesnaw


About the Image(s)

In late March this year I went to Bellevue State Park, DE. There is a lovely pond which I was photographing for the rippled reflections of trees and grasses. Suddenly a large V of geese splashed obliquely into the water. One by one, as if in ritual, they would suddenly rise, splash madly, and appear to be trying to walk on the water. I captured on of the attempts with a Canon EOS R5 and Canon RF 24-105 mm lens set to 105 mm. Camera settings were: Aperture priority, ISO 100, 1/60sec, f 8. I imported the raw file into Lightroom and cropped and adjusted highlights, shadows, texture, and clarity.

5 comments posted

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
Birds are fun to watch and photograph as they flutter their wings. I think your original is a nice capture of bird activity. However, I think your crop is too tight for the lens you were using. A longer zoom lens would give you a clearer final image. I suggest a wider crop placing your birds in the bottom third part of the image.   Posted: 05/08/2022 15:21:16
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Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
I think you picked the star of the show. I'd make up for the extreme crop by going even more abstract. I'd reduce the dark shadow behind the bird, which looks natural in the original but draws to much of my attention in the final. I might play with some creative filters and add a vignette. I think the blur works well and quite attractive.   Posted: 05/09/2022 17:42:56

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
Canada geese seem to be everywhere and you captured a nice grouping. I think the wing blur can work nicely however because of your slow shutter speed of 1/60 sec the head is not sharp and also the white on the chest is blown out. You didn't say if your were using a tripod. I feel a higher shutter speed and maybe a higher ISO may have helped in capturing a sharper image. I think Mike's suggestion of going more abstract with some filters could turn this into a very interesting image.   Posted: 05/13/2022 14:54:28

LC Boros   LC Boros
I think you made an interesting crop choice from the original image, but agree with the others that the technical issues resulting from turning a wide shot into closeup hamper the final result. You might want to try cropping to include some of the other geese: perhaps the two on either side and the two further to the right (or just the two on either side. Alternatively you could turn the wing blur and hazy focus into a more abstract rendering.
  Posted: 05/15/2022 17:44:26

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
You definitely captured a decisive moment with this particular goose. I think to stop the wing action you would have needed about 1/1250 sec, shutter speed which would have necessitated a much higher ISO. Sometimes wing blurs work, and I think the blur on the upper wing might be an example of that; but, the lower wing blur looks too confusing to me. Something that might improve the image in my opinion would be removal of the dark spot right behind the subject. No matter what, I always have fun shooting birds in action and I will be you did too.   Posted: 05/16/2022 10:09:21


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