I'm midway through 2 weeks photographing at Bosque del Apache with my friend Chris Dodds (http://chrisdoddsphoto.com) from Quebec. The Bosque is a refuge in central New Mexico that is famous for its huge numbers of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes that congregate here during fall and winter. This is a bird photographer's paradise. The last time I was here was almost 15 years ago and I had forgotten just how good it is. During the past week I've shot over 5,000 frames and can barely stay up each night to edit the day's photos. [my eyes are weary as I write this]
This morning was particularly outstanding... as Chris says 'epic'. The wind and light created perfect conditions to photograph inbound Snow and Ross's Geese. I probably shot more pictures this morning than any other day, ever. I've barely started editing the photos but here a few early favorites.
All photos taken with EOS 1Ds mIII.
Photo 1: Blast off at sunrise.
24-70mm at 58mm; Singh-Ray Blue n Gold polarizer; ISO 500; 1/20s @ f/8
Photo 2: Incoming Snow Goose
500mm IS lens + 2x teleconverter; ISO 400; Exposure set manually 1/800s @ f/8
Photo 3: Incoming Ross's Goose
500mm IS lens + 1.4x teleconverter; ISO 400; Exposure set manually 1/1000s @ f/9
Photo 4: Snow Goose (Blue phase) landing
500mm IS lens + 1.4x teleconverter; ISO 400; Exposure set manually 1/1600s @ f/8
Man, you're killin' it. That blast off is sick. I definitely wish I had a few more days out there. Also, thanks again to you and Chris for showing me around.ReplyDelete
Good luck, and travel safely,
The first shot in the series is A+.ReplyDelete
Wow!! These look amazing!! I can't imagine what it must be like to be there and what it must sound like with that many geese flying over head!!ReplyDelete
A few months ago I saw a pair of Canada Geese gliding down to land in a pond across the road. Watching them come down, necks outstretched, then change their flight attitude as they got closer to break the airflow over their wings and drop a bit faster, and finally manoever down onto the water using wings, tail and splayed feet to steer before hitting the water was an awesome sight. You've done a nice job of catching the geese in these photos.ReplyDelete
Green with envy Ethan!ReplyDelete
I've been following your blog and I'm pretty jealous!
Killer images Dude!
Keep posting/blogging and take care out there.