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Goose: Positive and Negative

I can’t seem to get away from the geese at the moment. The greylags were out and about as usual. I took a few standard shots of them: landing on Falmer pond, grazing the grassy banks, swimming. And then I turned to taking detail shots of their feather patterns. The final shot is a colour inversion (negative) created in Lightroom.

greylag goose feather detail

Feather detail on greylag goose

greylag goose feather detail

Feather detail of greylag preening

greylag goose feather detail

Feather detail (positive)

greylag goose feather detail

Feather detail (negative)

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

Posted in water birds, Wildlife

Goose and Other Patterns

If you follow the Permuted twitter feed you’ll have seen this first shot earlier this evening.

greylag neck

It’s a close crop of the neck of a greylag goose. I loved the hard texture of the feathers. Here’s the full shot.

Greylag goose

I also took a wing detail, again looking for textures and patterns, trying something slightly different for a change.

Greylag goose wing detail

Later in the day I did take some slightly more conventional shots (and one that isn’t). First is a boxer dog that was enjoying a run in the country. It was taken against the light, but the movement was good.

Boxer dog running

Next is a little grebe (or ‘dabchick’). It’s tricky to get close to these tiny water birds, and they spend an inordinate amount of time beneath the surface. I caught this one just as it was beginning a dive, hence the forward posture and slightly fluffed body. One of my best of this species.

little grebe

The final shot is a watery abstract. It’s a rickety fence reflected in the meanders at Seven Sisters. I’ve tweaked the contrast on this one to help bring out the colour.

fence reflection

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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Frozen Falmer

Well we had the first snow of winter this morning. Just a thin layer which didn’t affect local travel arrangements, but enough to put a nice wintry glow on Falmer Village early this morning.

Falmer Pond, frozen

The pond was partially frozen over, the ice more than sufficient to hold these black-headed gulls.

Black-headed gulls on frozen pond

The light was poor (as ever), but I was quite pleased with this slow-pan sequence of a greylag carefully picking its landing site.

slow pan shot of greylag goose

slow pan shot of greylag goose

slow pan shot of greylag goose

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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