Ross's Goose

A rare vagrant in Europe, this Ross’s Goose. Could be an escape, but it doesn’t have any bands on it and we do get the occasional lost bird. I visited the bird several times, but it was mostly far away. Last week I was lucky, as you can read in my blog on this goose: Thanks for any feedback or suggestions. Cheers, Hans

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Nikon D500 with 500mm f4 | 1/1000s | f5 | ISO560 | overexposed 2/3EV | handheld

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Really lovely and clean image. When I clicked through to your blog, I noticed you flipped this image horizontally. I’m not sure which version I prefer, but I might slightly pick this one, I’m not sure why haha.

Your classic low angle worked very well here Hans. I also like the horizontal flip. It’s interesting how some images want to be flipped, even though there’s nothing obvious caling for it.

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I like the low point of view and the framing between the blurred water. I, too, seem to prefer this “flipped” version. I wonder if this is because we are used to reading left to right. I notice that when I look at this image I see the goose and then look off to the right, as if following it’s gaze, but in the version on your website my eye goes straight to the goose and stays there.

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An excellent observation, Allen. I didn’t take the time to really observe my own response to the image. Well done.