"From now on, I'll connect the dots my own way." Bill Watterson
After finishing an afternoon of photography I was headed down a familiar gravel road and, to my surprise, saw a grouping of canada geese "lounging" on a hill in a large grassland area. It seemed like an opportunity to get some good shots for various magazine submissions that I do throughout the year, but the little voice in the back of my mind was warning, "you know, when you get out of the truck they'll take to the sky?" But, being of sound mind and strong heart I decided to take the chance as well as do the shooting (camera) from behind my truck using the truck as a nice blind.
As luck wouldn't have it, they all began walking over the crest of the hill while I was trying to get into position. Again, the thought from behind my brain was, "I should have kept on driving". While scanning the landscape with my 100-400mm zoom I spied these three little heads poking up from behind the hill and started to get excited. It doesn't take much! This particular group of three (the magic number) looked more confused than concerned and I grabbed the shot since all of the others had moved from sight.
While driving home I ran the Photoshop editing process through my head and a severe crop was going to be the major adjustment. I had already gotten an image that had a very shallow depth of field, so other than a few minor tweaks, the work was simple. The image was sharp, which is always a concern with moving objects and shallow depth of field, so that eliminated another concern.
While I was at the computer finishing up I was laughing while I called to my wife to look at the latest in a long line of critique observations that we have had over new work. She laughed as well and then thought of the "balloon". You know, the cartoon balloons that show the dialogue between characters? "He never asks for directions",was her comment...and we both had a laugh because we both knew who "he" was. ME!
So in summing things up...If it makes you or others laugh, it was worth the time and effort.
Come back again for the next installation of my travels,images and insights. Have a great holiday.
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