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Perceptual Reality 1.12

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The twelfth image in the series from:  America's Backyard


A warm day in May and I'm lacking motivation.  I love the outdoors but sometimes I find it hard to turn off the TV and get off the couch.  This was one of those days.  I managed to grab my backpack with my camera and ride my bike to the park.  I'm never disappointed with my decision once I actually head out.  I found a picnic table that was not being used and made myself comfortable.  I was just gonna enjoy the sunshine and see if something interesting happened by.  After about an hour of taking photos of the the squirrels chasing each other up the trees I saw something much more interesting. Goslings!  It was a gaggle of 4 adult geese and 7 or 8 goslings.  I said goodbye to the squirrels and headed out with my Canon EOS 7D by my side.  The EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM was attached and ready.  When I see animals in nature I know that they will probably not wait around for me to compose and maneuver for the perfect shot, so I start shooting right away and work my way in.  This way I don't leave empty handed if I'm not offered the amazing photo I'm imagining.  I wanted to try and get down to the level of these baby geese.  My sneak attack was low to the ground but I was not very camouflaged. As I expected, my little friends got spooked and started running.  I had previously set my camera to TV (shutter priority) mode, knowing that I was gonna to be dealing with a moving target.  My goal was to be able to freeze the action.  I set the shutter speed to 1/1250 sec.  From past experience I knew that I could hand hold this camera / lens combination at that shutter speed and get a sharp image.  Allowing my camera to determine the aperture and ISO necessary for proper exposure.  Even with the aperture wide open at f/5.6 my camera had to utilize an ISO1000 to expose correctly.  Fortunately, that ISO sensitivity is well within the range of the 7D without creating too much noise in the final image. I focused in on one of the goslings and pressed the shutter.  I realize that using the AI Servo (predictive autofocus) setting with the 7D's continuous shooting rate of 8 fps (frames per second) was an option.  That system is amazing and extremely accurate but for some reason I prefer the control I have when framing every shot.  I guess I feel that continuous shooting mode takes a little more luck than skill.  Totally personal choice and not necessarily better or optimal.  Could the above photo have been better?  Of course, but I like it...

Check back next week for a discussion on slideshow image 13/35.

We start each day with our own unique awareness and understanding of our surroundings. Our own "Perceptual Reality". Remember, no two of us ever see things the same way.

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