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Parker River Wildlife Refuge — Canada Geese

January 14, 2014
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Canada Geese

Canada geese in flight

The Beauty of Flight

There are many things to love about Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Occupying over 4,500 acres on Plum Island, the refuge features a wide variety of trails and boardwalks giving visitors much to see — and photograph.

On this particular December day, I stumbled up a fairly large group of Canada geese gathered together in the marshland. It was a slightly overcast day, so I was blessed with no harsh light. The existing warm light allowed me to easily shoot from a variety of angles.

This group was aware of my presence. I kept a respectful distance as I could sense they were wary. Patience is the key for wildlife shots and I knew it was just a matter of time before the geese would take off. My challenge was to be ready for when that moment happened. Knowing the shot I was hoping to get, I made sure to adjust my camera settings ahead of time.

What I loved about this moment was that I was able to capture six sets of wings in different stages of flap — and get them all collectively in focus. That’s another good reason to keep a respectful distance. It allows for a wider shooting angle.

As this shot demonstrates, thinking ahead and taking the time to adjust your settings can be well worth it.

Photo Info:

Camera:  Nikon D300
Lens:  Nikkor 70-200mm
Exif Data:  1/2000s, f/2.8, ISO 200, 200mm, –1/3 EV

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