Shooting Wild Geese in Southern Patagonia

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge


Upland Goose (female) – Chloephaga pica

1/800s @ f/5.6 ISO 1600 @ 400mm

I was shooting wild Upland Geese this morning in southern Patagonia. Relax—I was shooting with my camera and 400mm long lens and not with a 10 or 12-Gauge shotgun. They are stunningly beautiful in the wild and I was dubious about getting close enough to capture any good shots. The morning was deeply overcast (after two beautiful sunny mornings in a row) and the skies were threatening rain. Pluses and minuses with that kind of light; it provides a flat (low contrast) light that I like (no harsh shadows or blown highlights to contend with) but it required me to shoot at a higher ISO than I prefer (in this case ISO 1600 and 1250 respectively).

Few things in life are as enjoyable for me as getting out into nature and spending time photographing its wildlife. Shooting…

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