The Common goose
A few months back I read an article that was published back in 2008, from a columnist Robert Hardman who wrote; "Should there ever be a prize for Britain's most hated bird, then, surely, it would go to the Canada goose. If Canada geese were human, they would be lounging around all day doing nothing, claiming every welfare benefit in the book, driving their neighbors out of town and notching up ASBOs around the clock."
This made me think has anyone actually stopped and done a serious photographic project on these birds in the U.K and the answer was no. In response to this last year I decided to start working with a group of geese to try and disprove the above statement. In the blog below I will showcase a few of the images over the past year & talk through a few of the best practices for photograpihng common species
Arguably the number one rule when photographing waterfowl is too get low, yes this my cause a sore neck, you may get a little muddy and wet but once you are home and dry all the thoughts of pain & cold are long forgotten, as you scroll through the stunning intimate shots you have captured.
Too many times have I seen photographers with a long lens mounted on a tripod. Towering over a subject, pointing the camera down at the subject arguably they may well be have seen I shot I hadn't but 99% of the time it is going to produce a poor image. By lowering the tripod and positioning yourself eye level with the subject the image will be transformed allowing the viewer to connect with the image and producing a much more intimate shot. Admittedly
Benefits Of Shooting Low?
- By shooting low you can transform an otherwise cluttered surroundings. The low perspective will allow you too shot with a diffused foreground & background making your subject really pop.
This was a great adventure and thanks to Floris Smeets for all his hard work in organising everything for the trip. It was also great to meet talented Dutch photographer Johannes Klapwijk. The one slight downside which was coming home with frost st bite across 3 fingers. After a quick visit to the hospital there was no tissue damage, so should heal themselves up over the next few months. This was my first taste of the harsh Dovrefjell Winter and hopefully one day I will get the chance to return and relive the adventure all over again. Fingers crossed next I will get some much harsher weather to really showcase the tough conditions the musk ox face each Winter. For now I need to recover and put my fingertips in a warm bowl of water.
I hope you enjoyed reliving the experience through my words as much as I did taking the images.