Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fun with the Greylag Goose


This Fall when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying in a 'V' formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way.  As each bird flaps its wings it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following.  By flying in a 'V' formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.  When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.  Nature, plus instinct, it truly is amazing.


I took a photo last June and as it wasn't that sharp I decided to play a little on Paint Shop Pro.  I cropped it and tried a couple of artistic effects, plus a frame.  I also made a 'tube' (got rid of the background in the original photo, which left me with the goose alone) and added it onto my present header, as well as the top frame in this post.


This is the original photo.  



30 comments:

  1. I really love this treatment you gave it and love the original as well.

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  2. The geese are smarter than they look.

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  3. Denise, I absolutely love what you did! And I shared a video about the V and the geese on my blog quite some time ago, it is very touching how they encourage one another, and if one is sick the others will stay and take care of it. They are beautiful creatures that really care for one another.

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  4. I like your photo manipulations, lovely !

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  5. Awed at your dexterity with photographic programs. And at the geese. I rarely see them here.

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  6. Amazing story about the V formation. The artistic rendition is great (.Just a little photographic tip, hope you don't mind) When photographing animals or anything moving there should always be more space in front of the subject than at the back. Its called active space at the front and dead space at the back. The subject needs space to move into so that the viewers eye stays in the photo as it moves in the same direction as the moving object. So you don't want the viewers eye falling out of the photo too soon. In other words have the goose's bum near the edge of the photo but have his beak much further away from the edge of the photo.

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  7. I read about the wing formation thing too. Manes me wonder how they instinctly know how to do it

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  8. Great work, they are fascinating birds!

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  9. We didn't know this! What a great photo! We have Greg Lag geese living on our pond☺

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  10. It is fun to play around with photos!

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  11. You have had grat fun here. The one I like the best is the one above the original

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  12. Great treatment. I now have joined the paintshop world. We'll see where it goes.

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  13. Cute goose and fun photos, Denise! Enjoy your day!

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  14. I knew this and to this day find it fascinating to see it happen as they fly over sometimes clumsily to almost knocking each other out lol They some times fly so low here that we can hear the air whoosh from their wings ! Lovely photo and the artistic affects are wonderful ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  15. you know i love the edits.. i like the ones floating on the frame... great fun to...

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  16. What great info on the geese. And I loved seeing your creativity of turning a photo you weren't particularly happy with into something very unique. I should try doing things like that because I seem to have a lot of mediocre photos these days! I blame it on the camera, of course. Lame excuse, huh?

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  17. This was a great photo to play with, Denise!

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  18. Lovely shot, and wonderful work that you've done with it!

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  19. Great job! I like this very much. Groetjes Hetty

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  20. Well gosh, I never knew that! Cool editing with the duck, and I like the original also. Have a super Wednesday!

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  21. Those geese are amazing birds! Every time I see a post processing result like yours I think I'd like to try it more. It looks great as your header!

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  22. That's a lovely treatment! Well chosen!

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  23. I love the original photo and also like you manipulation of it. You are so talented. Nice new header.

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  24. The second image is my favorite.
    The greylag geese near us don't fly in a V. They stay all winter and rarely fly at all. The Canada Geese are a different story! They fly in formation, sometimes just for the joy of it.

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  25. I'm always so awed when I see geese flying in their V formation. I love what you've done with these photos. Your header is great!

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  26. The science in your words and the magic in your pictures make an irresistible post!! Love it.

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  27. Very nice edits...I like the original, too.

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