I've been on the photographic journey long enough to know that if I have a desire for something to take place, it generally won't. I've also matured enough to know that if you wait long enough IT MIGHT! In the case of this blog image on this delicious foggy morning there was a cluster of adult geese floating around in the lake, but of no real mind to do what I wished....move into the scene. I did all the laughable things like dare them to do so, turn my back and count to three, kneel down to pray, fake packing my equipment while holding the camera behind my back, etc. I should note at this point that I take these varying approaches seriously, but also do them when no one is around.
On this day waiting turned out to be the right choice, as after some time the group separated and one individual in the crowd decided to hang around. Next challenge...placement. I did a number of subtle shuffling moves to the right until I could get the goose in an appropriate area of the frame, but then needed to wait once more for it to turn the head slightly (and that's all I got was "slightly").
When in these situations I often refer back to discussions that I have had with my good friend, Mike Houge www.mikehouge.typepad.com about the props that we need to carry in our trucks for useful additions to compositions. We do laugh a lot about such things as old wagon wheels and hay rakes, but I now believe that trained animals might be a worthy addition. Just think...three geese trained to act on command to swim to a point, turn and smile. How much better could it be? I doubt my patience, or lack thereof, would even begin to endure the hours of training.
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