Images that speak…

Canada Geese take flight at Lake Junaluska, NC. Bob Grytten image
Canada Geese take flight at Lake Junaluska, NC. Bob Grytten image

If writing with light is the old photo mantra, the new might be “images that speak.” This image could be a cartoon type, prime for many captions.

Plying my skills one morning as I walked Lake Junaluska, a favorite of locals lucky enough to know about it, suddenly a flock of Canada Geese took flight. I swung the camera around toward the sound and just held the shutter release button down. Fortunately, I had the camera out, having just reset the continuous shutter from “11” to “5”. But, it doesn’t stop at five it keeps going until the buffer gets full. At least on this newer Sony a6000 I think that is the mechanism that puts the camera into pause mode.

For lack of a better caption, I call this “Hey guys, wait for me,” as they all take off in such a rush. Until it’s captured on film, it’s hard to see all the action taking place.

Canada Geese taking flight #3, Bob Grytten image
Canada Geese taking flight #3, Bob Grytten image

Feet, wings, necks, all going at the same time as they seemingly run on water, digging in to whatever morsel of resistance available, until they get airborne, and into that familiar smooth orderly “V” formation of flight.

That’s what I see. What words come to your mind? Let us know and we’ll share your gems with the rest of the fans of these creatures.

All in all, I feel pretty lucky to come away with what I did get. It makes one think about how far we have come with the technology of making images. Cameras that are thinking for us humans, faster and more intuitive. Hmm. I wonder…

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