Resting Canada Goose Close Up In Salt Lake County

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Resting Canada Goose close upResting Canada Goose close up – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I really like the intimacy of portrait photos of my subjects, the fine plumage details that might not be as visible taken from further away seem to grab my attention in close ups.

Yesterday while photographing the birds at my local pond this resting Canada Goose caught my eye because of the bright blue water behind it and the great view I had of the eye of the goose while it had its bill tucked under its feathers.

I only took this one image of the goose and now I realize I should have taken more photos of the bird and tried different apertures to obtain more depth of field so I could have had the feathers of its body more sharply in focus but I got distracted by a Lesser Scaup I spotted out on the pond that was swimming towards the shore. I could have waited to photograph the scaup because it was swimming slowly, adjusted my aperture setting and gotten an image of this goose that I would have liked even more than this single photo. I just didn’t think about it at the time and I should have.

Live and learn.

Life is good.



  1. Patty Chadwick March 6, 2018 at 8:31 pm


  2. Larry Muench March 6, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Actually, I like the fact that the feathers are a bit soft. It draws the viewers attention to the eye, which is the main focus of the image. I think it’s great!

  3. Elephants Child March 6, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Truly beautiful.
    And yes, live and learn is true here too. Without your beautiful results.

  4. Laura Culley March 6, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Just gorgeous! I also love the intimacy. Thank you so much!

  5. Pepe Forte March 6, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Ditto here. I love it too. Beautiful composition. Thanks Mia.

  6. Liz Cormack March 6, 2018 at 8:53 am


  7. Bob mcpherson March 6, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Love it.

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