Cindy Smith  

Geese Family by Cindy Smith

May 2022 - Geese Family

About the Image(s)

I noticed a pair of geese with their goslings swimming in the lake behind our house. I loved seeing the “trail” behind them, and that’s what I originally wanted to capture. However, I decided that having the brush around them framed them better than just them swimming. It was raining, and I wanted to catch the drops in the lake as well.

Canon R with Canon 100-500 F/4.5-7.1 L IS lens”settings 1/320 second at F/5.0, ISO 400. Post processing in LR increased contrast and dehaze, sharpening, and luminance, and cropping.

9 comments posted

Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
A beautiful family portrait, Cindy! I love how the parents keep the babies between them. The brush does frame them nicely, and the rain drops are a nice bonus.   Posted: 05/03/2022 18:21:53

Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
Thank you, Jennifer. I'm trying to remember tips from everyone previously, as in the empty space and framing!   Posted: 05/03/2022 20:01:29

Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Beautiful image of a peaceful family outing! Nicely framed by the greenery. I like that they're not centered.

One suggestion - you didn't mention the focal length used. If you were zoomed out to 500mm - then the 1/320 shutter speed may have been a bit slow. A good rule of thumb is that your shutter speed should be at least 1/focal length; and ideally faster. I mention this, because the lens is FANTASTIC and typically very sharp. Your image on my screen is a bit soft. Might be due to camera shake and/or focus point selected.

  Posted: 05/04/2022 05:42:06

Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
Steven, thank you. It was at least 400 and maybe 500. I thought I had put that in there. I was hand holding, so that was most likely the problem. I was also in an awkward position to get the shot. I will try to remember that-another great tip!   Posted: 05/04/2022 12:40:12

Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Great family photo! I like that you included the surroundings with this image as it gives the context. Too many times I try to zero in on the bird or animal and exclude the surroundings. I am learning that including the surroundings in wildlife images (trees, brushes, etc) provides needed information for the complete story. Very well done!   Posted: 05/10/2022 08:14:38
Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
Thank you, Dale. I had several, and one I had considered was having the "trail" in the water behind them-which is what caught my attention in the first place. However, as I looked through my images, I liked having the brush frame them. I'm learning LOTS from all of you!   Posted: 05/10/2022 10:07:39

Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
I love it. Who can resist mom and dad and six little babies? You have placed the birds in a very good spot in your composition and framed them well. The reflections of the sun on the strong circular ripples surrounding the geese have a spotlight affect that draws the eye. The sunlight on the lesser ripples of the remaining water, plus the addition of the raindrops on the water add interest that prevents the upper area of the photograph from being wasted space.
Good job.   Posted: 05/13/2022 11:50:43
Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
Thank you, Chan. I appreciate all the comments.   Posted: 05/13/2022 13:05:22

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hello, Cindy! Another beautiful, calming scene! I really like this...and do suggest a custom 22x8 crop, matte and frame to complete the work will highlight our subjects and the space they live. (These types of narrow crops (and framing) are inspired through Japanese aesthetics).   Posted: 05/15/2022 11:24:03
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