Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

January 3, 2010

Canada Geese on a misty morning

Filed under: Birds, composition, favorite places, Gilbert Water Ranch, light, style, weather — richditch @ 4:30 pm
Canada Goose

Canada Goose

If you live in the mid Atlantic states (as I used to before my move to AZ), it might be hard to imagine a place where Canada Geese don’t overwhelm the landscape and environment. But that’s true for central AZ where thjeir numbers have only recently begun an ominous increase. For now they are birds to enjoy and not detest.

Numbers have increased gradually at the Water Ranch in Gilbert, AZ, and they are now common birds there. I enjoy seeing their earth tones, and enjoy their flight calls as they depart in small groups most mornings that I visit.

On December 27, 2009, we had some welcome morning mist, and I felt it enhanced the peaceful look of this pair as they awaited a bit more light and warmth before joining their kin and setting off for the day.

I often place subjects like this close to the center of the frame, instead of the “power points” at the 1/3rd intersections recommended in articles on composition. I think central placement helps contribute the peaceful mood of the image.

Nikon D20, 300/2.8 plus TC20E (2x), Gitzo 1325 tripod with Really Right Stuff BH-55 ball head and Sidekick, ISO 400, 1/160th second at f/11.



  1. Lovely photo. Don’t tell Sheriff Joe about increasing numbers of Canadian Geese in AZ, he may deport them.

    Comment by Myke Locksmith — January 13, 2010 @ 11:00 am

  2. The central placement is also moderated by the asymmetry of the birds themselves. A lovely photo.

    Comment by Bosque Bill — January 16, 2010 @ 9:16 am

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