January 13th, 2012 – Avian Friday: Snow Goose
It’s about that time of the year again when the migrations of Snow Geese make their annual stop at Washington’s Skagit Valley. In the coming weeks I’m hoping to get back up to Fir Island to photograph them as well as some of the other birds in the area. Traditionally, the area has had several species of raptors including bald eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. This year in the Pacific Northwest we have been treated to the uncommon presence of the Snowy Owls. Maybe I’ll get lucky enough to see one before they move on. Here is one of my Snow Geese shots from last year. It was processed using a single tone-mapped RAW file along with some contrast adjustments in Topaz Adjust and finally a texture blend applied with onOne Perfect Effects.
Snow Goose at Skagit Valley
Fir Island, Washington
Canon 1D Mark III+ Canon EF 500/4L IS
Processed with Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro, Photoshop CS5, onOne Perfect Effects, Topaz Adjust5.
Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.
Thanks for stopping by,