Verm Does Bosque Del Apache

December 22, 2012  •  5 Comments

Bosque Del Apache is where I discovered I had what it took to be a bird photographer, i.e., long glass, gray stubble, and a couple colonoscopies under my belt.  Seriously, I've never seen so many privileged 50-something white guys doing next-to-nothing outside of Congress.  All milling about looking to shoot the same photo - this one in fact.

Oblivious to the din of 50 cranking motordrives, three Sandhill Cranes come in for an evening landing near the Flight Deck, Bosque Del Apache.

 

or maybe it's this one....
Much is made of the roaring sound of thousands of snow geese taking flight at once, but you never read about how powerful it smells. 

 

Well it was a bit intimidating trying to muscle into the line up of D1xs and D4s with my underpowered D7000, but this gave me the advantage of going off to explore how my eye sees these birds, not how the line up does.  Here's a few of my favorites:

I like the warm/cold contrast between the morning sun on the crane and the neighboring crane's shadow.  The shadow doesn't go too dark because of fill light bounced off the pond surface.

 

The "Blue Goose" is actually a Snow Goose in blue phase. 

 

This goose is going all Saturday Night Fever much to the delight and appreciation of his neighbors.  Actually he's slipping on the ice.  Trying to capture the awkwardness of birds struggling on the ice would be easier with video than stills.

 

The other photographers had all packed up and gone, but there was still nice color in the sky, though very little light to shoot with.  Hence, I decided to play with some long exposures, coupled with zooming and a burst from the camera's pop-up flash.

 

Cheers,

Verm

 


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Jeff(non-registered)
dkish(non-registered)
great photos!!!
Julie Garrison Frederick(non-registered)
Really wonderful photographs, John. And the commentary shows you're in top form. :-)
Gregory Crouch(non-registered)
I probably don't have the cool nickname required to comment on your photoblog, but if anyone can get the smell of gooseshit into a photo, Verm, it's you.
Misty(non-registered)
Amazing
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