Waiting for the Right Moment

On Smiley Slough, lone Canadian Goose takes flight past a large flock of ducks.

On Smiley Slough, lone Canadian Goose takes flight past a large flock of ducks.

Waiting for the right moment is a matter of patience and keeping your camera and lens ready at all times.  The photo here was created by watching and waiting for the Canadian Goose to take flight from the lake.  My camera is the Canon Rebel XS, with a 70-200mm F4 IS lens attached.  The image stabiliser on the lens was turned on, along with the correct panning mode (2).  I panned slowly as the Canadian Goose began to move and followed it as the feet were moving on the water.  Surprisingly, the ducks nearby were not startled and did not take flight or move quickly away.  The time I spent watching and waiting for the goose to take flight was many minutes, holding the camera steady and looking through the viewfinder.

(The specific settings of the camera and lens: Rebel XS; F8, ISO 200, cloudy (white balance), 1/640, 200mm, IS on, Mode 2 on)

How long do you wait for the right moment to happen?  Do you ever become tired or distracted while waiting for the right moment?  Have you found the perfect place to be ready while you wait for that right moment? What is the longest you have waited for the right moment?  How did you know it was the correct moment to take the photo?

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About Douglas Wilks Photography

I am an advanced photographer who lives in western Montana. I create a variety of strong images using a DSLR, computer, and digital software. I am available for hire for full time, part time, or projects. Most of my images are of landscapes, still life, and events. I am always looking to improve my skills, network of friends and professionals, and portfolio. I look forward to creating new friends, contacts, and others who are interested in photography.
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