Daily Archives: November 28, 2017

Snow Geese against the mountain

Okay, I started to write all about how my new Sony RX10iv makes birds in flight easy and why…really geeky stuff…and I am pretty sure not something that would interest most of you. It is really, as I tell people in my Point and Shoot Nature Photography classes (and in my Point and Shoot Nature Photography book, available on Amazon, for that matter), all about the results…all about satisfying images. I find this image of the three Snow Geese at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge satisfying. I like the detail of the feathers and the way the sun plays across the forms of the birds, painting light and shadow; the arrested energy of the flight; the way the lead goose is calling; the way the birds are isolated against the rise of the mountain behind; the complex pattern of the way the three bodies, flying so close, are interacting. I am happy that the camera made the shot possible at all, let alone as easy as it was. Still, as I also tell my students and readers, it is way more about being in right place at the right time and ready…than it is about equipment. And Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico in November during the Festival of the Cranes when the Snow Geese are crossing in front of the mountains in the mid-day light is certainly the right place and the right time. Sony RX10iv at 600mm. Program mode with my Birds in Flight modifications. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f5. Processed in Polarr.