Egyptian Goose Splash!

Egyptian Goose Splash!

It's always interesting to watch birds cleaning themselves. Water birds all the more so, since they tend to splash water around, which creates funny scenes. Like the photo above - a male Egyptian Goose shaking the water from his wings.

What do I like about this photo? The interesting pose, with the water droplets in the air. I used a fast shutter speed (1/2500 of a second) to freeze the action, so the water droplets are sharp. I used an open aperture (f/6.3 - the most open my lens supports at the focal length of 400mm that I used) to create a shallow depth of field, so the Goose and the water droplets are in focus but the background is blurred out. This all makes the Goose stand out in the photo. The eye contact also upgrades this photo quite a bit.

What would I want to improve? A lower angle of view could have done wonders to this photo, making it much more dramatic. Unfortunately, I was not able to get lower, closer to the water level to achieve this.

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