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Copyright: Art Roberts (Art_R) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm ED, 77mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-06 15:13
Viewed: 2669
Points: 12
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Hi Folks , today I have this photo of a pair of mates. these geese where two of six in the area who had been having some disputes over territory. they where scuffling over a small defrosted are across river , so I moved in and sat down on the river rocks to see if I may get an action shot of their next fight :-)

this pair surprised me when instead of making another try for the defrosted island they decided that my side of the river was looking pretty good... for a second there I wondered if this bold male was going to make a charge at me , they came up on the bank and he started honking away , but I guess thought better of taking a run at a human and they both got back into the water and swam around some more. I took a few more photos , then decided to leave them be...

thanks for having a look

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Hi Art I just love to see these birds as I know that winter is just about done for the next 7 or months or so.The focus is very sharp and the details are good and the only thing that could be better would be more colour to brighten up things a bit,still I do like this photo very much.Now I must haul my lazy self out and get some captures of my own,gimp knee and all!Thanks Art for sharing a fine time of the season shot.I can smell spring on the air and can't wait for it to happen as it is my most favourite time of the year.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-03-06 23:55]

Nice scene and composition, beautiful colors and excellent details
Thanks for sharing

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-03-07 3:58]

Hello Art,

These goose are also here in Flemish Belgium, but very shy.
Lovely the one with open beak.
Sharpness and clarity are nice.
Very soft and attractive. TFS.

Have a great Sunday,

Hello Art,
Exceptional capture with amazing clarity and superb details.
The colours are simply wonderful. Very fine composition and great POV.

Hello Art,
Nice scene taken with natural colors, good focus, great sharpness and details. Well done!

Bonjour Art,

Nice clear shot. Shallow DOF accentuate focus on main subjects. I love the low POV. The composition is simple and effective. There is no disturbing elements in the composition. Perfect exposure and focus, excellent contrast. A splendid image. TFS.


I am considering buying a long zoom lens. This lens is among my choice, however there is no AF-S focusing on it. Some magazine testing seam to say the lens is slow focus compare to Sigma HSM and Canon USM. How is it performing with the D300? Do you miss shot because of slow focus on moving subjects sometime? Is it more noisy than your other AF-S? Are you AF-S faster focusing? Is the VR doing a good job? By experience I prefer Nikon to other brand, but I can't afford the 200-400mm Nikkor. You don't have to answer all thes quetions, but considering your result I can feel your comments on it will be of great value. Thanks.

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