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Fly By!
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Copyright: Simon Biffen (simon182) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 180mm f2.8D IFED, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Wawa... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-13 13:59
Viewed: 3858
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Canadian Goose as I'm sure you're all aware. This particular specimen was within a group of others who were flying down the River Thames.

I was positioned down by the river at Putney and had seen several fly bys prior to this one and was lucky enough to be ready and in position for when the next group came past.

Used continuous focus mode and fired of a sequence, in PP I cropped to remove an out of focus bird and sharpened.

Info about the Canadian Goose

Hope you like it!


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je crois que je regarde au bon moment la galerie car je tombe sur votre photo, cele-ci est super,cet oiseau en vol est une bonne réussite, tres nettes et de jolies couleurs
merci pour votre réponse au sujet de mes points, j' ai compris mais pas normal, je trouve

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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2007-02-13 14:07]

Hi Simon,
superb capture, colors and details are great. You must have been lucky walking around with such a great light!

bonjour simon
bravo,je suis etonné que vous ayez reussi un aussi gros plan avec seulement un 180mm,tres bonne netteté et jolies couleurs.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-13 14:33]

Hello Simon,
Wonderful in flight capture of this canadian goose.POV,sharpness,framing,catchlight in eyes and details are excellent.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-02-13 15:11]

Freedom !!
is what I denote,
lovely capture :)
Cheers :D

Hello Simon.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-13 16:01]

Hello Simon,
Nice, sharp, well lit, in flight capture of a Canada Goose, the wings-up position making a nice comp. against a blue sky.
Fine shot!
TFS, Regards, Ivan

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-02-13 22:03]

nice shot. i guess geese are popular! i think the goose could use a little sharpening though but that may be my monitor.

hi simon,
nice moment capture,
well composed shot,
sky makes good bg,
tfs & regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-13 23:11]

Hello Simon

A beautiful capture ,the pose you caught and the colour of the sky really make this shot a beauty.Nice POV and Excellen tfocus.Great job.TFS


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-14 5:49]

Hello Simon,
superp shot. The sharpness and the details are excellent. Wonderful positioning of the wings and the flight is very well captured.

And you got a great capture. Even when your ready its not easy to get the perfect result.
This one looks prety good to me, wings in the extended positin and everthing in focus. If I was going to be super critical I could say the white on the undertail are a little OE, but so what. Its a great shot and I bet its a long time til you get a better one.
Well done

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-14 14:09]

Wow Simon the details and sharpness in this are just stunning. Love the pose. Good PP work in removing the other birds



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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-14 16:39]

Hola Simon,
magnífico momento y bello pov, buena luz y captura
agradables detalles, saludos

Hello Simon,
This is a very, very good inflight shot! Details, lightning, POV, composition and exposure are just great! This blue sky is perfect for your nice subject. ... Canadian goose in England... :-)

Nice work Simon the details are very good for a flight shot good quick focusing well achieved with the 180mm nice bit of catchlight to help the eye stand out with it being a black area. TFS rgds Necip.

The Canadian Goose has got to be one of the most widely dispersed and successful species. We are almost over run by them. They winter here by the thousands and many have decided to stay year round. When some of the flocks take off the sound of wings and honking can be almost deafening. You managed some nice panning here. It is not an easy skill to learn. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

Hello Simon,
A spectacular capture at 1/1600. The image has turned out to be perfectly sharp.
The posture of the bird in flight is elegant. The colours and details are pretty good.
TFS and all the best.

Hi Simon,
that's perfect - a great shot with excellent sharpness, I love is. I never had luck with flying birds, don't know why. This blue sky is also wonderful, thanks for sharing, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

I don't care WHERE the Branta Canadensis shows up... I lve 'em! Of course it's a different story when they grease a meadow with goose fertilizer! Good catch Simon! Great stretch from beak to toes! Honk, honk, eh, J.

Hello Simon,
Wonderful shot, I like the flying freezed pose of the goose and good details on feathers.
I have a mini canadian goose inside a crystal gift that gives to me my uncle when was 6 years old and now it´s still decorating my library. The goose is in the same pose that this in your pic!

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