Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Week 2 - Day 12 - May 12, 2009 "Geese I"

The Geese are back on the Bancroft Pond. We look forward to seeing them every spring.

This photo was shot in the evening facing into the West. I have read and learned that midday Sunlight is just to intense for most photography. The morning sun would work better for these shots.


  • Shoot in the morning or evening.
  • A tripod might have helped with the clarity of this shot. The photo of the goslings are fuzzier than I would like. This seemed true of the trillium as well. I need to ask some camera professionals about this. If anybody has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
Photo details: Exposure time 1/400, Aperture f/3.5, ISO 200, Lens Canon 70-200mm f2.8L USM.


berryb said...

Nice light on the geese...

What focal length was your lens at? Was this image cropped?

You're right about the tripod...especially with animals and nature photography.

The only reason I can think that the geese are 'fuzzy' is that the resolution of the image settings are low. If a camera is not set to 'raw' (if it has that setting) the JPEG compression of the image can effect the sharpness of the image. This is one of the pitfalls of digial photography.

But in general the main influence of unsharp images is camera vibration.

Gallow said...

Berryb, thank you for posting your comments. This is a big help. The focal length of the photo was 200mm, 35mm equivalent 325mm.

The image was cropped. I was using a format that saves the image in both RAW and JPEG compression. I still see the "fuzziness" on the RAW image.

So, if I'm reading your message correctly, the cause seems to be the vibration of the camera. That would make a lot of sense, in that I wasn't using a tripod.