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author Greg Downing
subjectWild life
title Snow Goose / Wind and Light
date2/1/2003 12:46:40 PM
detailsIn order to pull off an image like this you need the weather to cooperate. In particular you need the wind to be blowing in the same direction that the sun is shining. Why? Because when birds land they always land into the wind, and under these conditions that means into the light. This image was taken at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. To find out more about Bosque folks are invited to subscribe to my newsletter and receive the Winter 2002 - 2003 edition. To subscribe simply send me an e-mail at or go to my website at

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1 Roger Ranney (Don't block the shot)   (2/1/2003 12:48:33 PM)
Awesome Greg! Are you sure this goose isn't trained? LOL!!
2 Brites dos Santos (Artur JBS)   (2/1/2003 12:58:08 PM)
EXCELLENT! (good definition).
3 Jason Kubat   (2/1/2003 1:18:22 PM)
Greg! This is super! What a beautiful shot. Nice colors and DOF. Details are really clear. (9.3)
4 Reidar   (2/1/2003 1:22:43 PM)
Fantastic picture!!! So crisp clear and the light are so beautiful.
5 Garry Budyk   (2/1/2003 1:28:14 PM)
Awesome Greg ! The light is incredible , and your exposure is bang on . No accidents here !
6 KenNelson   (2/1/2003 1:45:22 PM)
This is truly excellent. Detail and exposure are wonderful.
7 Eleni   (2/1/2003 1:48:47 PM)
8 Butch   (2/1/2003 1:54:01 PM)
Years of experience showing up here, fine work Greg
9 Markos   (2/1/2003 1:56:50 PM)
This is perfect... exceptional work. Worthy of a frame.
10 ha kong sang (stephen ha)   (2/1/2003 2:00:40 PM)
What a amazind capture , detail and exposure are wonderful , awesome , best regard .
11 cindy   (2/1/2003 2:25:28 PM)
Excellent and thanks for the details about the wind and sun. I'm curious about the blurring on the tips of the wings. Obviously the dof goes from his beak to the end of his tail (which looks fantastic). Are the wing tips blurred from movement?
12 Risueño (João Cruz / everything all right)   (2/1/2003 2:37:48 PM)
"into the light"
13 Darwin   (2/1/2003 2:44:35 PM)
Notice how the trees in the background mirror the pattern in the bird's balck primaries? Technical perfection, top notch in all regards!
14 Regina Lopes   (2/1/2003 3:46:19 PM)
15 Dany P (Dany PEDRO)   (2/1/2003 3:48:57 PM)
Very good detail and capture.Regards
16 tess campbell   (2/1/2003 4:16:41 PM)
have to add my "WOW"
17 Julien ANDRZEJCZAK   (2/1/2003 4:46:48 PM)
Excellent clarity, sharpness and lighting. Superb.
Julien (9.5)
18 Neia (Alcineia Frank)   (2/1/2003 5:44:08 PM)
Another "WOW" here. :)Superp!
19 Greg Downing   (2/1/2003 5:51:48 PM)
Thank you all so much for the comments and encouraging votes. I'm glad you like the image. To answer Cindy: "I'm curious about the blurring on the tips of the wings. Obviously the dof goes from his beak to the end of his tail (which looks fantastic). Are the wing tips blurred from movement?" It may be a combination of both not enough DOF and movement, but probably more a DOF issue. It's hard to see here but the wing tips are actually out in front of the bird's head. Since focus was on the head most of the DOF was utilized behind that point. Thanks again for the kind words!
20 ChrisC (Christopher Cove)   (2/1/2003 6:07:16 PM)
A stunning photo! Masterfully done!
21 Yuri Bogomaz   (2/1/2003 6:29:33 PM)
Wow! Super!!
22 Chantal   (2/1/2003 6:39:04 PM)
A majestic image!
23 Juan Manuel Pérez   (2/1/2003 6:42:00 PM)
24 Rob Bonow   (2/1/2003 7:43:29 PM)
Quite possibly the best wildlife picture I have EVER seen. Superb work. (9.9)
25 MarioP   (2/1/2003 7:45:03 PM)
Yes... n.1 suits you perfect!!! Pitty I still can´t vote! 10!
26 M Laughlin   (2/1/2003 7:55:32 PM)
This is one or the best shots I've seen. Wish I could give it more than a 10.
27 Lorraine54 (Don't worry be Happy and comment more)   (2/1/2003 8:00:06 PM)
Brilliant!! Details are spot on nothing else to add it has all been said
28 Claudia Robinson (looie's mom :-o)   (2/1/2003 8:39:46 PM)
Boy you nailed this one dead on! Super catch.
29 Greg (Greg Governale)   (2/1/2003 8:39:57 PM)
congratulations on a wonderful image to look at! D0F is always limited on shots of this type. Focusing on the head is definitely the correct thing to do. You have captured wonderful light and a very good exposure. Thank you for sharing! Greg Governale
30 Ken S (Ken Scheben)   (2/1/2003 9:34:01 PM)
Just awesome Greg. One of the very best images of this type that I've ever seen. Congrats!
31 Bill Taylor   (2/1/2003 10:19:31 PM)
Most Excellent!
32 cjm   (2/2/2003 1:07:13 AM)
it looks like it is flying right at me. wonderful photo
33 gmx (Gustav Miller)   (2/2/2003 6:06:20 AM)
Outstanding. It's all been said...
34 Ruud (they just ain't worth it)   (2/2/2003 6:44:07 AM)
They don't get any better
35 Louison   (2/2/2003 10:57:26 AM)
Excellent! A truly exceptional capture! Congratulations!
36 mplonsky (gone to greener pastures)   (2/2/2003 1:26:22 PM)
Great photo in every way. Congrats.
37 gdanger (George Dangerfield)   (2/2/2003 2:11:14 PM)
Nearly perfect Greg, everything came together so nicely for this, excellent sharpness and lighting, how could I come up with anything to improve on this!
38 Berenice Kauffmann Abud (AFIAP /2004)   (2/2/2003 7:41:01 PM)
39 Rick Coleman   (2/2/2003 9:09:36 PM)
Greg, remarkable image! I can't stop scrolling back up to look at it again and again. Fantastic job!
40 Arthur Yeo   (2/2/2003 11:55:59 PM)
I like the blurred tips because they create a sense of action. Excellent image and clarity is gorgeous. Some of your images reminded me of Art Morris' work.
41 E.Skurinski   (2/3/2003 3:07:56 AM)
S U P E R !!!
42 Ivan (Ivan Miksik)   (2/3/2003 6:10:40 AM)
Excellent (10)!!
43 Haim Ziv   (2/3/2003 9:20:38 AM)
No words. Just excellent!
44 Olivier Deme   (2/4/2003 6:08:57 AM)
Greg, this is outstanding. What an action shot! This is just a dream for any photographer out there. I'm very jalous! Composition: 10. Technique: 10 . Originality: 8. Impact: 10. Overall: 9.5.
45 CherylB (I only lie when I do not like your pic)   (2/4/2003 9:01:22 AM)
his head loooks so! what a shot!
46 Kyru   (2/5/2003 5:50:42 AM)
Excellent. No comment. Bravo!
47 Joyce O   (2/7/2003 10:09:47 PM)
48 Charlotte E   (2/8/2003 11:34:14 AM)
This is Awesome....Excellent work!
49 Jeanne Miller   (2/9/2003 12:28:42 AM)
WOW! It has all been said. Congratulations.
50 Gloria Hopkins   (2/9/2003 6:33:42 AM)
Awesome ;) (10)
51 r.d.f   (2/10/2003 1:17:41 PM)
A real masterpiece.
52 Eyal Fischer   (2/10/2003 1:20:35 PM)
Great piece of art.I hope you don't mind I set it as background in my PC.
53 Kafrifelle (Yves P.)   (2/10/2003 9:25:42 PM)
This is a very impressive shot. A one in a million as they say.
54 VIRGÍLIO AMORIM   (2/12/2003 8:07:59 AM)
Wonderful Greg. You should hear the Album "The Snow Goose" by Camel. It's wonderful, like your photo
55 Les McLean (**** ))   (2/13/2003 3:47:34 AM)
We see a lot of excellent bird shots in this community, and most are very good, but this one has that additional bit of magic that sets it apart, I think it's because I feel I'm there with the bird, not just a passive observer looking on dispassionately.
Exceptional image. (9.8)
56 David Adrian   (2/14/2003 1:28:59 AM)
57 Yuri Bonder   (2/23/2003 1:59:01 AM)
Fantastic 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
58 Marilou (Marielou Dhumez)   (2/25/2003 3:04:05 AM)
What could I add ???....Everything is said... All my compliment!
59 JM FERRER   (2/25/2003 4:11:16 AM)
I refused to look at it, too many birds I thought, but at the end I fell in the temptation and it is simply only. (10)
60 Mette   (2/26/2003 12:28:48 PM)
Wow...what a photo. Wonderful detail, movement and tone-in-tone colour.
61 katomy   (3/4/2003 7:18:33 AM)
62 Rick Coleman   (3/6/2003 9:49:47 PM)
Greg, back when I commented previously I couldn't vote. I wanted to stop by again to give you my vote of (10). Thanks for sharing such a remarkable image.
63 felixanatol (feliks ozertsovski)   (3/7/2003 8:11:52 PM)
64 Matt Stevens   (3/12/2003 1:07:43 AM)
Great Capture!!
65 Starmood   (3/15/2003 1:24:09 AM)
Happy to give this wonderfull photo 100-th score :)
66 Pyrooz   (3/18/2003 5:12:06 PM)
Fabulous shot.
67 Sergey   (3/24/2003 1:20:34 AM)
Really, really great!
68 Douglas Praskach   (3/26/2003 9:17:16 PM)
Truly Inspirational!
69 RobertF   (3/29/2003 11:13:16 AM)
All been said, an amazing photo! (9.6)
70 john mactavish   (3/31/2003 4:47:14 AM)
Simply fantastic. Without doubt one of the best wildfowl pictures I've ever seen. You have some portfollio Greg.
71 Robert Strickland   (4/7/2003 8:21:40 AM)
a truly wonderful shot. The lighting is perfect. it looks like it may fly down the barrel of the lense. I have tried many unsuccessful times to create a picture like this
72 DANTIST (Alexander Kustov)   (4/11/2003 2:05:06 AM)
73 Karin   (4/15/2003 12:01:45 PM)
74 Fabio Cerati   (4/15/2003 3:01:56 PM)
75 ROD COSTA   (4/17/2003 1:59:40 AM)
sky is the limit
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