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A New Day DawningA New Day Dawning
While I was busy working on my passion of photography, and concentrating on on focus, framing, exposure, white balance….I noticed a movement off to my right, and the sounds of geese…LOTS of geese…as I looked up from my camera and to the right towards the rising sun..this is what I saw. A huge formation of geese heading in a direction that would cross between me and the rising sun. No time to calculate and fidget with setting! I ripped my camera from the tripod, at the same time I dialed in the notorious “P” (Programmed Auto Setting) on my Nikon D700, pointed, framed, and fired off three snaps of the shutter. This was the third shot, only minor sharpening and plus 3 on the saturation was all I did in Lightroom, and now I present it here for you. Proof positive that Matrix metering, programmed auto, and some incredible good luck can produce some gorgeous images! I know it is not the “perfect shot” and given time I am sure I could get that, but this was just a luck and sometime we all could use a little luck!
Location: Folly Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, and one each..stroke of luck!
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23 responses

  1. far out!
    woweeee

    May 14, 2012 at 11:56 pm

  2. BreOfficialBlog

    Great Capture,Lovely photograph = )

    May 15, 2012 at 12:26 am

  3. Those are always the best photos.. and to think had you been a moment late… Good for you responding so quickly!

    May 15, 2012 at 8:07 am

  4. Love the framing Stan, that line of birds is just perfect

    May 15, 2012 at 10:16 am

    • Thanks Chris, much appreciated, mother nature was truly good to me that day.

      May 15, 2012 at 6:25 pm

  5. Brilliant shot man. I hope you don’t mind me suggesting something. Try toning down the exposure just a bit with levels and curves graph.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

    • No worries at all Irfan, I am learning! I thought I had the photography thing down pretty good..but man am I learning that the real WORK is in post! lolol..thanks for the suggestion, always looking for ways to improve!

      May 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

  6. Love this shot and the explanation of how you took it, it helps me learn, thanks!

    May 16, 2012 at 7:03 am

    • Thank you so much for the comment and the visit! I am so glad the article helped you, I do and try and post a litle about each image on how and where I got the shot. Many times I get feed back on how I can improve and suggestions on better point of view, camera setting, post processing, etc…thats one of the reasons I started blogging, to share, learn and grow! Hope you return often!

      May 16, 2012 at 10:05 am

  7. I love it! I’m always fascinated as I watch birds flying against the backdrop of the skies. Thanks for sharing this with us!

    May 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    • A true pleasure to share with all of you! And so glad you stopped in AND commented, thanks! Always a pleasure when you you do that!

      May 16, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      • aww, I’ll do so more often. It’s just that I know very little about photography so I fear I won’t have much value to add with my comments. I do love your photos a lot though 🙂

        May 16, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      • And I do look forward to it! Just like all those awesome fans out there of music and singers…I am sure none of them are subject matter experts on musical instruments or singing, but they all know what they like to hear…..Let me know when images make ya wanna sing, cry, just flat “do nothing” for ya, or make ya say “I LOVE IT!” that kind of input has more value than ALL of the technical stuff (us photogs can usually figure that stuff out)!

        May 17, 2012 at 12:38 am

  8. Great shot!

    May 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    • Thanks so much Yulia! Your kind words are always an amazing addition to the images!

      May 18, 2012 at 12:39 am

  9. Photecstasy

    Gasp! LOVE!

    May 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm

  10. Pingback: My Favorite “Year of Pics” Photos So Far, from A to Z: Third Time is a Charm « ShutterbugSage.com

  11. Shutterbug Sage

    I love this photo so much that I blogged about it in my third “A to Z” post of the year here:
    http://ayearofpics.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/my-favorite-year-of-pics-photos-so-far-from-a-to-z-third-time-is-a-charm/ Check it out if you get a sec!

    I really enjoy following your blog!

    June 22, 2012 at 11:37 pm

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