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The happy Couple

The happy Couple
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Copyright: Pieter van der Horst (sAner) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 28-135 IS USM, Hama UV 72mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Geese from around the world., 50-60 points chapter 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-10 7:52
Viewed: 4466
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 51
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last Sunday (April 3rd) was a beautiful day and it was very warm; almost 20 degrees celsius. I was walking around in a t-shirt. A month ago, NL was still covered in 50 cms of snow. Can you believe that? My gf and I decided to visit a place called "Het Zwanenwater" (The Swanlake) near Callantsoog, together with my parents. This is a fantastic place where loads and loads of birds live, breed and hibernate. We had never visited this place before and we were amazed by the birdlife which was present there. We also regreted the fact we didn't bring our long lens ... But then again, we wanted to try out our new short lens. The lens is very decent. But you may decide for yourself. I know this isn't a spectacular photo but I like it anyway, especially the female on the right who is looking straight into the camera. Will post a closeup of her some other day.

Greylag Goose - Anser Anser

Today it's almost unimaginable that the Greylag goose was an extremely rare bird in The Netherlands as short as 30 years ago. Today over 8.000 pairs breed in Holland.

The Greylag is a big bird with broad wings, and looks heavy in flight. From a distance, the birds appear a uniform grey-brown but a closer view reveals more subtle tones of brown and grey. The birds also have barring on back, breast and neck. The underside of the tail is white. Birds from different parts of their range show slight variations in colouration. Siberian birds have a slightly lighter heads and paler fringes to the dark plumage on their backs. They also have bills which are pinker in colour than the orange bills of the European birds. Both subspecies, however, have dull pink feet and legs. Greylags are the ancestors of most domesticated geese, although the Chinese swan goose is descended from the wild swan goose found in eastern Asia.

Information: http://www.vogelbescherming.nl & http://www.arkive.org/species/ARK/birds/Anser_anser/

Hit me where it hurts! I have got the right equipment now, so no need to be nice! I have no excuses whatsoever. Seriously: write what you think. I can use the lesson. Thank you!

Shutter Speed: 1/800
F-stop: f/5.6
Focal length: 135mm

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To elizemeijer: Hi!sAner 1 04-13 06:09
To PDP: Now that's what I call a GREAT title!! :)sAner 1 04-11 17:18
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Hi, 135 mm focal length! according to analog or to digital cam ?
Anyway, brilliant picture! iwonder how you managed the low perspective.

Hi Pieter, beautiful picture.
I don't found anything wrong, it's very good. I especially like the POV, very low and nice angle, your knees must be dirty.;-)
Good details, composition and colours.
Great work.

Hi Pieter. Excellent shot! The not so blue sky goes well with the dull spring colours of the ground and the brown colours of the geese. Nice angle as well. Very well done. Thanks!

Nice shot! You've captured this pair of Greylags well. Sharpness is good, as is focus - about the only thing I think I'd suggest is perhaps a little more DOF (f6.7 or f8 maybe?), since I think the one looking into the camera isn't quite 100% sharp. To be honest it might be, at this size it's hard to say - have a look at your original in 100% view... I think if you had the time I'd have moved to the right a bit - that way you'd get them more evenly matched in distance and they'd be closer together in the frame - just a thought. Your choice of a low angle has worked very well - it's always worth getting your knees dirty for a shot like this! Well captured :-D

Pieter, Excellent capture on this pair of Grelags Good color and details with a nice OOF backround. I like the low angle, it makes a nice ground level perspective. Nice Shot!

Pieter, Very good shot with a nice POV. Great details and I like this couple presented one standing and one sitting..I'm still trying to fiqure out what sits in front of the Greylag on the ground...Nest or Poo Poo!!! ;-))

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-10 13:08]

Personal assessment of the photo: great. I particulary appreciate the PoV.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much, Pieter.

Pieter you have a winner here. The low POV adds a tremendous impact to this capture. I agree with Adrian on sacrificing a bit of SS for extra DOF. Exceptional shot of the surroundings and the interesting geese. Very well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-10 21:18]

Pieter, be sure I did enjoy this: excellent pov and composition. The blurred bg works really well here. Besides, excellent sharpness and poses.


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  • olger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 138] (744)
  • [2005-04-11 5:17]

He Pieter, mooie plaat man! Zeker omdat je mooi speelt met scherptediepte en het feit dat het qua compositie interesant is, omdat de foto niet vanuit het midden komt! Mooi gedaan.. Leuk speelgoed zon spiegelreflex vind je niet?

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-04-11 14:47]

Great shot Pieter, nice low angle and geese stand out well against the background.
Nice colours, good note, thanks for sharing.

Nicely captured Pieter,
The low POV is superb. excellent colours, details and sharpness.
The BG looks very good, Thanks for posting

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-11 17:01]
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Hi Pieter, very nice composition nad the geese are both in focus. Nice scene, very well done.

Is that a big poo in the middle? If so maybe you could have called this "Something has come between us lately"

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-04-12 3:44]

A great shot.
I like the composition and point of view.
The low angle is great,I hope you wasnt laying on any poo!
Nice and sharp and with great colours.
Excellent,well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-12 5:01]

Agréable et intéressante composition champêtre pour ce couple de canards. Belles couleurs et très bonne netteté.
Well done !

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-12 9:02]

Or maybe very realistic, connected to everyman life title - 'Shit happens'. Do you think they're both thinking - 'God, what did she/he eat to make something like that?'
Excellent scene - picture with 1000 stories :-)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-04-12 23:01]

Superbe prise la lumière et la netteté sont excellentes. La pose des oies est parfaites.

Félicitations pour les couleurs justes et réelles.

What a cool happy couple :) good details on the feathers too.. How far were you away from them ?? they look very calm


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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-04-13 21:56]

Hi Pieter, you did a great photo i like the 2 shots, the colours & sharpness. Nice point of view and dof,

Very well done!

Thank you for the note!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-14 6:50]

Nice one Pieter! Good camera and lens work. Are you pleased with the new toys? I think you've caught these two very well. The colours are good, and so is the sharpness of the birds. Well done.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-14 16:43]

You captured the situation very well. I like the ground angle and details. Well done.

I think the controlled depth of field is what makes this photo extra special. The geese are in perfect focus, just the top of the head not too good on the right. Other than that, this is great work.

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  • urban Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 4 N: 79] (413)
  • [2005-04-17 15:18]

Great picture. You must have been pretty close to get them with that lens. I have the same one and it is quite tricky to get close enough.

The note is good too.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-04-18 13:24]

I like your POV in this one. Excelent shot and well done on this composition. Beautiful work, a wall hanger.


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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-18 20:56]

This is a stunning composition and I really like the POV.

Very well done and thanks for posting

I don't know why I haven't critiqued this before now.
Very good composition, great sharpenss (the lens looks OK to me!) and good contrast/colours. The grey sky is a bit of a downer but that's not your fault!

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