If you didn’t believe that you could be cold and lonely in Boulder, take a look at this poor Canada goose.
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This poor bird walked across Tantra Lake just before sunset this evening when the temperature was already down to 24 degrees. The weatherman says the temperature will drop to 15 degrees tonight.
I took this shot in part because I wanted to see if high dynamic resolution or “HDR” would improve it. But shooting at 1/350th of second, I was too slow and Photomatix Pro couldn’t stop the movement of the bird’s legs among the three images I took. So I just used the one normal exposure image here.
Now, with a little experience I’m beginning to see some of HDR limitations. In addition needing to use a fast shutter speed for even slow-moving birds like this Canada Goose, I learned another limitation from eventually reading the owner’s manual, not to use flash.
Actually, this bird isn’t as lonely as it looks. About 100 birds congregated nearby around the limited open water of the lake. And the bird probably doesn’t feel the cold as much as we do. Good thing too, since it doesn’t have a warm apartment to retreat to like we do.