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Flyover the Palouse

Flyover the Palouse
Informação sobre a Foto
Direitos de Autor: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2457 W: 216 N: 10291] (31139)
Género: Animals
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2008-03-13
Categorias: Birds
Câmara: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Tema(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Anatidae photos [view contributor(s)]
Data de Submissão: 2008-03-14 8:15
Visto: 2915
Pontos: 50
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
The long and winding road was more of a reality for me on Thursday March 13, 2008, when Jane and I took a rare cold drive north of the Palouse. It is what I, as a driver, consider a very "iffy" road. Two lanes, one in either direction. Speed limit is 60mph. Low traffic but NO PLACE to pull over so if one is caught stopped by one of the many blind curves, the a crash will surely ensue. I took all of this into account as we drove at half the speed limit through the rolling grass prairie and farmlands still some covered with hard snow. And as I rounded a blind corner the Canadian geese decided to rise all at once and fly off in various directions. My wife had the camera on her lap. I down shifted into first gear, left it in gear with foot brake on and grabbed the camera. Jane, as she often does, grabbed the door handle in case she had to jump out to avoid getting hurt. I knew from prior that there was no car behind me for at least a half mile so I had only time to take pictures through my drivers window door as the birds flew around unsure of which direction to go. About 20 images in 15 seconds and I had to get back into gear and moving lest Jane fall faint of anxiety. She is very much the more rational of the two and I respect her judgment.

Being hand held, and nervous, of the 20 shots or so, this one one of the better ones...it is manual focused which is hard, especially with birds in the air...but images do not do justice to actually sight of hundreds of these flying over a part of what was the norther Palouse. It was a grand sight and one which I will not forget soon....There is a small result of noise removal in the image, but I present it "as is" otherwise...framed and signed.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-14 8:22]

Super shot Bob, they are in a great V flight formation and as you say, it is very hard to do justice to what the eye is seeing, with so many birds flying at once! Wow, YOU are the messenger of spring this year, it is such a warm feeling to know they are at my door... I like the "noise removal" effect, mainly on the birds in the sky, it gives a nice drawing feeling to the picture. I also like the very low hill at the bottom of the frame, you give the sky all the space, it is very nice. It's a pleasure to look at your picture and this one is another great one. You are terribly adventurous, I can imagine Jane's face having to wait for you with the gear on! Thanks for the smile,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 89 N: 15275] (63934)
  • [2008-03-14 8:23]

Wooow Bob,this is great!!! Wonderfull quality of this pic,it seem a perfect still image,excellent landscape as background too,my best compliments,Luciano

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-03-14 8:30]

Hello Bob,
Beautiful view of the Palouse landscape with the Geese flying over and the odd patches of snow left on the ground. Excellent POV and I like the flight formation of the Geese. Very well done!
Most of our roads are two-lane here and often when we see an interesting bird it is impossible to stop as somebody is coming up behind - very frustrating!
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

Nice work bob, looks like spring is in the air...great to get these birds in formation, they go well with the rolling hills....regards h

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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2008-03-14 8:44]

Hi Bob,
nice landscape with lots of birds. They seem like flying over my monitor! I like the cold colours of all the composition. Nice POV.
have a nice day

Hi Bob,
Nice shot of this flying flock. The birds at different distances add interest and depth to the image. I like the low horizon composition.
You did well with focus.
I tried my luck and was hopefully building skills yesterday shooting inflight birds at the Monticello Swan, geese, and duck viewing area on the Mississippi. What a riot that was. Tfs and have a great weekend. Richard

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-14 9:26]

Hi Bob,

I bet you heard them before you saw them! Poor Jane, she must be terrified by your photographic antics while driving. I can just picture hundreds of these in the sky. A wonderful sight of all these geese in various positions - especially since we have a view of the ground with the snowy patches.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-14 10:18]

Hi Bob

A really evocative shot - it feels like spring here today and this shot really shows it is arriving.

Unfortunately the scenario you describe seems rather familiar to me! :)


What a nice land-sky-birdscape combination Bob, that snow patch on the low hill really makes this picture a great composition. TFS my friend.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-14 11:26]

Hola Bob.
Mucha suerte de ver muchos Gansos Canadienses, y mas que todo en compañia de Tu esposa. Un saludo para Ti y para Ella.

hello Bob

i love very much your photo because soon it will be the same
thing here in Montréal area and we will listen to their sounds too,

great image, that in French we say « image prise sur le vif »,
excellent POV and framing, i love the dispersion way of the
geese on the sky, i love your image, TFS


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-14 14:17]

Excellent capture of these migrating Geese!
A very good POV showing the land as well. I love the snow covered field.
Brilliant composition.
Good sharpness as well.
Superb work Bob.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-14 19:23]

Hi Bob,
I am pretty sure the actual scene would have been a wonderful one with these Canadian Geeses flying off together in all direction. The image does do justice, I feel, in bringing that feeling to mind. Outstanding shot with a charming view of the birds and the Palouse. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

* I saw your video, fantastic!

Like I say, TN's need that bumper sticker: "Caution, This vehicle makes sudden stops for photo ops!" Sounds like in your case the warning might have come too late. We too host thousands of Canadian geese and the roar of wings and honking geese can be amazing.

Evelynn : )

Hello Bob,
Nice capture, excellent composition and great timing, good sharpness and depth of field, pretty natural colcors.

Hello Bob,
Lovely flight pattern of the Canadian Geese and a very beautiful landscape photo!
good exposure and focus with a natural colouration in the shot
well done
best regards

Hi Bob splendid view of a lot of flying birds, wonderful winter landscape, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-15 6:16]

Hi Bob. You did well to get this in flight shot of the birds in flight. our road around my home are very small some one car only. I see your snow has now all but gone spring must be on the way. a nice landscape. well done TFS. have a good weekend .

Hi bob,

I really like this one, having all these geese flying in different directions over a very peaceful landscape.
The line of birds in the sky with the line of the ground make a nice V (horizontal) also.
Well done!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-03-15 10:20]

Bob, This is super shot. I tried many times such shots but all failed. This is amazing well done ganesh

I liked seeing you as a car race driver; but I feel you should stick to photograpy.
(DRIVING IS NOT YOUR "FORTE". Ha, ha.)By the way, am not knowledgeable on or about U-Tube.
For example, take this image.
EXCELLENT REGISTER!!! Better still are your notes!!!
One of them "HAS" arrived here in Calgary. Shall "post" it just for you.
Mario from the land of the "CANADA GOOSE".

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-15 14:36]

Howdy Bob,
Wonderful spring scene with the geese on liftoff. Here they are already pairing up and fighting over nesting sites. It looks as if all you have for snow is the big drifts. Thanks my friend for sharing this nice scene.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-15 20:46]

Hello Bob

The palouse is a remarkable place.You are so lucky to have this amazing spot close at hand.
This is a classic shot ,with the snow melted and receding,and the geese in flight.
The colours are beautiful.Shots like this are revving me up in anticipation.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-16 9:21]

Hello Bob, very nice shot of those fellow Canadians! :-) Very well done on the composition, beautiful. Thanks!


Hi bob,

Your note has a lot of information. May be a sign of spring the birds are flying over the Palouse. I like the division of the scenery, the palouse, the birds and the sky which is an asset to the composition. There is a good contrast between the colors. have a nice day.


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