Canada Geese and the Moon

I figure I would post a few photos along with a quick update. What better photos than them prodigious crapping machines known as Canada Geese?

On nearly-still water with the dawn breaking behind them, they made for interesting subjects.

Interesting to me, at least. 

Once again, what you see are as large as I’m presenting the photos since there’s little detail to warrant pixel-gazing or a visit to the SmugMug gallery (there isn’t any). 

I thought the combination of the reflection on the calm water and the unusual light joined in forming a unique opportunity to exercise my D7000 and the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 combo.  

I debated doing these in B&W since the silhouettes led themselves to such treatment. Ultimately, I wanted to include the bronze color of the sky reflecting on the water. 

The shape and associated ripple just to the left and below the goose is likely a turtle coming up to see what’s going on.

I keep speaking of the other goose . . . they were at opposite sides of my field of view and were slowly swimming toward each other.

I thought for sure they knew each other and were gathering to gossip about other geese.

But, no . . . 

. . . the one goose swam right by the other without nary a side glance. 

The one goose then continued along its original path . . . 

. . . it might have looked a little sadder . . . 

So, update . . . we’ve been getting stuff done for the house. The floors in the two rooms with carpets were turned into hardwood floors and the whole house now looks better. 

I’m getting some quotes for painting, cleaning the gutters, and power washing the gutters and patio . . . and everything seems high to me.  

My rule of thumb is $45 dollars. That’s what I figure I’m willing to pay for one hour of labor. Any higher, and I’m considering the fact I’m retired and have time on my hands, 

For instance, the power washing came in at $600. See, that — to me — sounds high. It sounds high because I can’t imagine the guy working more than eight hours (and likely considerably less) and even at eight hours, that fee amounts to roughly $75/hour.

That’s a decent pay for a contract engineer. It’s way too much for someone waving a power washer’s wand around. At that price, it’s not a tough call; I can buy the power-washed and do the work and I’m still ahead of the game. Sure, it would take me longer, but I’d have $400 dollars I could spend on something else and a power washer for doing other chores.  

That’s the thing with being retired . . . I have time. Mind you, I rather pay someone but it better be what I consider an honest wage. 

Anyway, we’re evaluating the quotes we get and trying to figure out just how much we want to be ripped off. 

Anyway, the moon . . . it was chilly last week but I went out and hand-held a photo of the moon with the P900. Standing on my back patio, I held back a chill and snapped a few photos. All of them were this good . . . 

You can click on that for a larger version to open in a new tab. 

Not bad, I’d say. 

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11 Responses to Canada Geese and the Moon

  1. mvschulze says:

    Really like the Candian Geese shots – and descriptions. And, as I’ve said before, your P900 images of the moon are impressive – so much better than my early attempts from the ancient days. Very familiar with the lunar landscape, in this case, the Apennine Mountain range is dramatically captured, it’s proximity to the terminator providing long shadows. Nice! M 🙂


    • disperser says:

      Thank you, mvschulze. That particular shot of the moon is pretty good even when examined at the full resolution.

      Considering it was cold and windy, I’m very pleased with the shots I got. Like with everything else, practice increases the chances of getting good results. That was shot at ISO 110, f/6.5 and a shutter speed of 1/125 . . . not quite a Looney 11 rule setting, but then this is not quite a typical camera.

      That’s a bit lower speed than I usually shoot because at 357mm zoom (2000mm equivalent) and slight movement or vibration is captured in the form of blur. In this case, I had a wall to lean against and brace the camera, so that helped.

      Some people advocate just using the Sunny 16 rule.

      There are other rules as well but with digital photography, you can just take a photo and immediately see the result. Even the automatic setting does well when spot-metering.


  2. colonialist says:

    Your description of the Canada Geese takes away some of their allure . . .
    Wish I could get moon shots with that detail. Ones I took last night show featureless orange blobs.


  3. Your Canadian Geese shots are beautiful and evoke feelings of peace, joy, and calmness.
    Your moon photos are always stunning! I’ve always felt akin to the moon, and your photos make me feel like I’m right there.
    Continued bestest wishes as you get everything done on the new house!
    HUGS!!! to you and Melisa! :-)


    • disperser says:

      Thank you, Carolyn.

      We’re taking it slow and not rushing into any decisions. We bought a few items but we’re pretty picky when it comes to furniture. We’re also slowly replenishing stuff we used to have but had sold when we moved to Hawaii. It’ll be a while before we stop saying “oh; we need one of those” and add it to the list for the next shopping run.

      Still, we’re conscious of not going overboard and getting into pack-rat territory; we’re buying essentials and thinking twice about things we don’t need.

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  4. AnnMarie says:

    There’s something about that partial moon photo that really appeals to me . . . maybe because it looks like a half-eaten cookie. Kidding aside, there REALLY is something about it that draws my attention . . . I like it . . . questa e veramente bella! Ben fatta, E!


    • disperser says:

      Thanks, Ann. It’s actually one of the better and clearest photos I’ve taken of the moon. Also, anything but the full moon will show much more details because of the shadows. Part of the appeal, I think.


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