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Sharing a Photo: Canada Geeselings.

Canada Goslings & Magic Hour
24-105mm lens, 90mm, f/4.0, 1/320, ISO 200. Processed in PS.

I snapped a shot these two Canada goslings or “geeselings” as I like to call them, on Granville Island. I had to lie in geese poop for about an hour to get this shot. I basically had to become one with the geese, a part of their family, to be accepted enough to get super close. Every so often a bratty kid would come running at them, whooping and waving plastic toys and the geese would go berserk hissing and flapping their wings and I’d have to wait for them to settle.

Here’s some behind the scenes footage of me shooting in goose poop:

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    May 12, 2009 at 6:14 AM

    I’m so frustrated when people here call them “Canadian Geese.” Ugh. Canada geese, people! It’s a species name, not a nation of origin :)


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    Jan Ole Peek
    May 12, 2009 at 8:40 AM

    Those are great! Love the behind the scenes videos. Really shows how much effort goes into those photos. No wonder I take crappy pictures ;)

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    May 12, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Hahaha everyone looks at you like you’re crazy. Totally worth it though, nice shots!

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    May 12, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Great shots once again Lisa!! ;)

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    Gary Simmons
    May 12, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    “lie in geese poop” had me lol… I was out last night and shot some goslings, but I was NOT going to lie in it! I’ll lie in the mud, in dirt, even walk into the water to get a shot… but I AM NOT lying in goose poop! :)

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    May 12, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Gravatars cool.. learned something new!

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    Ash Matadeen
    May 12, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Nice work! Totally worth lying in geese poop for!

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    May 12, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Wonderful shot!

    I especially like the pose you stroke where your knee is about the same height as your head. If I tried that … good lord ;)

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    May 12, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    awww they’re so cute.. great photos Lisa

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    May 12, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    You’ve got guts. Maybe they’re nicer out in Van, but not in Calgary.

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    Mileta Nikoletic
    May 12, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Gotta love it when people look at you all sprawled out on the grass and wonder…”why??” Art people… that’s why
    Great shots btw

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    the lost_poet
    May 12, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    brilliant shot i must say! Worth the trouble :D

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    Mostly Lisa
    May 12, 2009 at 10:14 PM

    @Powerdusk: crazy is what i do best :P
    @Joris: all those figure skating moves paying off.@David: i became one with those geese. spent about 2 hours there.

    @Ian: haha! nice gravatar! :P@Mileta Nikoletic @the lost_poet: @taylor2nd thanks :D

    @Gary Simmons: i’m not afraid of a little geese poop. i’ve sat in worse on a ferry boat to Santorini… but that’s a whole different story:(

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    May 13, 2009 at 12:44 AM

    Those geeeseses could have killed you at any second!! More Canadians die from such attacks than die from curling mishaps every year, FYI. You’re just setting a bad example for other model/photographers, you know.

    For shame, Lisa.

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    Dennis Bjørn Petersen
    May 15, 2009 at 4:41 AM

    You are the Dian Fossey of geese…just a bit more flexible I reckon

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    May 16, 2009 at 4:57 AM

    ˙ǝɹnʇɔıd ʇɔǝɟɹǝd ɐ s,ʇı ¡ǝʇnɔ os

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    Todd Allen
    May 16, 2009 at 8:08 AM

    Great Photos Lisa. Is the Lens you’re using the Canon 70-200mm f2.8? I recently rented that lens to shoot ‘Geeselings’ with some success. The mother even came up to me while I lied in the grass and hissed at me- then bit me in the ear! I figured if I was motionless I wouldn’t disturb them, but that was what she was waiting for.
    I went home and nursed a cup of Twinings Earl Grey and bandaged my ear. I guess I’m lucky I didn’t get it pulled off!

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    May 16, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    The things you do to get a shot. Nice capture!

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