Dawn Patrol

Skein of Geese Sunrise 1

Skein of Geese Sunrise 1

When I got up this morning, I noticed the sun rising over the neighbour’s house and the sky was a lovely orangey/peach colour.

I just enjoyed it for a moment then got on with my first chore of the day; cleaning dog poop off the floor.

When I let the dogs out into the back garden, the sky was suddenly ablaze with the most glorious deep reds and pinks and oranges.

Sunrise 2

Sunrise 2

I dashed back inside and grabbed both my cameras. After all, I won’t improve with my Nikon if I don’t use it.

I quickly took several shots with my Canon, so at least I knew I would have some photos of this beautiful, coloured sky. Then I tried with my Nikon. I just set it to Auto, because I have found in the past that it is a bit iffy with skies, or (and this is most likely), I have no clue what I’m doing!

Sunrise 3

Sunrise 3

I took one, Great. I took another and the flash popped up. Are you kidding me?

Well I faffed around and got some reasonable photos, when I heard geese flying overhead. They were approaching me from behind and flying into the sunrise. Perfect!

I could see them clearly with my eyes, silhouetted against these gorgeous colours, but to try to capture them with my camera?

Unfortunately, I had switched my Canon off and even the few seconds it would take to switch on again would be too long and I’d miss this marvellous spectacle.

Spot the Birdie! Sunrise 4

Spot the Birdie! Sunrise 4

There was nothing for it. I aimed with my Nikon and tried to keep a steady hand, as I watched the geese rapidly disappearing into the dawn. I got one click. This is it. But it seems to be in focus and you can tell the specks are birds.

Moments later and the whole sky was heading back to its usual morning blues. It is Monday after all!

Sunrise and Sunset are so fast here, you have to be quick, but it was worth it to stand out there in the freezing air, in my pjs, with no scarf protecting my neck, (I’d taken it off to de-poop the kitchen floor). I got this.

 

post script: A flock of geese in flight are called a skein; when they fly in a V formation they’re referred to as a wedge; and when they’re not flying, a gaggle.

 

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43 thoughts on “Dawn Patrol

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  2. blosslyn

    Ha ha do you remember the old saying ‘red sky in the morning, shepherds warning’ now it that had been here this morning, it would have been true, rained all day. Lovely captures and to be truthful it you have your nikon on auto and press between breaths you can not go wrong…..I do it all the time, I have to when I take so many shots from the car window 🙂

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      We have rain today, so maybe the saying is just a little slow over here! 🙂
      As to me and my Nikon, I obviously still don’t know what I’m doing, because my photos are often blurred, whereas my old point and click Canon is always in focus! 🙂

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      1. blosslyn

        We still have last nights rain 🙂 I used to have Canon, but once you master the Nikon, you will love it, practise makes perfect haha (that haha for me) 🙂

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Just after dawn (will vary.) The sun was just rising, and a minute after my geese shot, the colours were gone and the sky was blue. We do get some vivid skies here, but all too brief.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you so much GH 🙂 Nature provided the rich colours, I just tried to capture it. 🙂
      And as I was typing the caption for the first photo, and calling it a “skein” I suddenly wondered if I was right, so googled for further info. I didn’t know about a “wedge”! 🙂

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