Goose Stubble Revisited


A recent post of mine, Goose Stubble, elicited a conversation in the comments section about how this image could be improved. Lynn Wohlers (bluebrightly) suggested:

“You could try cropping even more off the top, making them even higher in the frame, and maybe cropping a bit from the left, even taking half the first goose out, which would echo the last one on the other side, if you get what I mean.”

So here are a few variations on her suggestions. Above is a different image, with the pumpkin field along the top, and a light crop to both sides to get some symmetry with the marginal geese (they are better arranged for this purpose than in the previous image I posted).

Below is the image I posted before.

Next is the original image without any crops other than those done when framing the shot (the viewfinder on this camera shows about 90% x 92% coverage, so things cropped out when framing, can reappear, depending on scanning margins and other variables).

The original framing satisfies some of Lynn’s suggestions, but I was not pleased with the width of the out-of-focus strip at the bottom and had cropped it out. Wanting to retain the original aspect ratio, this meant losing one of the marginal geese – I like the one sitting down and mostly obscured on the right, partly because it is seated, but partly because it is the best focused of all the geese. The goose on the left is just a blob, and I did not mind losing it. When it comes down to it, the fewer Canada goose bums in the world the better.

Below are a couple of crops made without preserving the original aspect ratio. I rotated them a touch to bring the basal brown line parallel with the photo frame, and I cropped out the goose on the left. I am generally too orderly (those that have lived with me just snorted uncontrollably) to put up with a decapitated goose on the left, so did not take that suggestion of Lynn’s – it would bother me.

I think I like the last one the best, even though it is verging on too symmetrical, and has no seated goose – I think I cropped both the left and right geese out in the viewfinder, so this would be the closest to my original vision. The penultimate image has an aspect ratio that seems a bit too skinny for this image. Perhaps what makes the most difference is straightening the “horizon”. And just maybe image I lead with is the better one with the strip along the top balancing the one at the bottom, and with the marginal geese looking towards the middle creating a better dynamic.

Feel free to weigh in below in the comments. Thanks to Lynn for inspiring another look, and for her steady stream of comments in general!




Canon Elan 7N, EF 70-300/4.5-5.6 lens, Lomography Colour 800 shot at 400 ISO. Film developed & scanned by Canadian Film Lab.





8 thoughts on “Goose Stubble Revisited

  1. this little comment has nothing to do with the cropping..altho I do like the final one best. The geese made me nostalgic..we once adopted a dog who had been terribly mistreated…for months he was like a zombie…and then as he began to realize the bad times were over he bit by bit became more playful. One of the first “play” things he did was to pretend to eat goose poop!! We had another dog who had to be constantly told to “leave it”…and King watched that and saw that she was petted when she obeyed and he began to make little darting moves toward the stuff…and then wag his tail!!! OMG…his tail wagged!!! Was one of those moments you remember with great joy. Thanks for reminding me of my dear boy.

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    • Sherry – what a lovely comment, thank you so much 🙂 It is a joy to know that my photographs can elicit such memories, and helps make all the effort worthwhile!


  2. I’m liking the last one best, too. For me, the geese have arranged themselves harmoniously here – OK, you played a major part in that, too. 😉 My eye is led in the last one back and forth and all around the frame, in a pleasing way.

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  3. I like the original framing and crops, with lots of foreground stubble and I think its quite ok to crop bits off a goose in a photo – lots of geese will end totally dismembered at Christmas time.

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    • Hi Val. Geese in the urban setting can be a real nuisance, like the ones at the Chinese Cemetery just down the street from me. While they do keep it mowed, their fertilizer makes walking around more of a dance than a stroll.
      These geese were hyper-aware – I was shooting them with a 300mm lens and thus was quite far away – even so they are keeping a sharp eye on me. Thus I conclude these ones were migrating, and probably at greater risk to end up on the dinner table somewhere along their route.


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