"Follow The Leader"

Melinda Stewart Page

Leitchfield, KY., United States

Artist's Description


It was snowing here Saturday 1/8/2011 so I drove over to the park hoping that I would be able to see some Canada Geese and maybe photo some in flight.
When I got there I saw what looked to be about a hundred geese across the lake. I had just parked the car and reached for my camera when some of them started to get up and fly away. I quickly took some shots but soon wished that I had a different lens on the camera. I changed to one of my favorites that I have had for over 25 years now. It is a Minolta 70 to 210mm f4. Very heavy lens, but feels like a special old friend to me. By the time I had changed to it, all of the Canada geese were gone. I sat there for a few minutes and took photos of some of the other wild ducks and domestic geese that stay at the park year round. I heard that unmistakable honk of some Canada’s getting closer again and this time a few of them were coming in for a landing not to far out from me. I zoomed and starting clicking as fast as the camera will shoot and was lucky enough to get some shots that I liked. I stayed on one and followed him in until he had made his splash down. So the photo you see here is really a combination of 3 different shots of the same fellow. I liked all 3 shots of him but thought they were kinda of boring all by themselves, so I decided to use photoshop CS4 and put them all together. Last thing I used was Topaz Adjust 4 to bring all 3 layers together.
Since all 3 shots have the same settings that made it somewhat easier. Photos were taken with my Minolta 5D DSLR with 70mm – 210mm lens at F4 at 1/500 ISO200 at 210 mm. Photos taken in Leitchfield, Kentucky US.

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