Snow Goose at Sunrise
Bosque del Apache
Panasonic Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400mm lens
Exposure triad: f/11, 1/800 sec, ISO 640.
Seeing this image shared by my buddy Shiv Verma last November, I realized that Bosque del Apache has been on my bucket list for far too many years. It's time to change that in 2019.
Just in case you don't know about Bosque del Apache:
"The Refuge is 57,331 acres located along the Rio Grande near Socorro, located at the northern edge of the Chihuahuan desert. The heart of the Refuge is about 12,900 acres of moist bottomlands - 3,800 acres are active floodplain of the Rio Grande and 9,100 acres are areas where water is diverted to create extensive wetlands, farmlands, and riparian forests." Quote taken from: https://www.newmexico.org
"Each season, the Bosque del Apache offers unique bird and wildlife viewing opportunities. Peak visitation occurs in winter when bald eagles and thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese flock to the fields and marshes. Plan to visit the weekend before Thanksgiving during the annual Festival of the Cranes. This world-famous event includes speakers, special tours, and arts and wildlife displays." Quote taken from: https://www.socorronm.org
While it is "Mirrorless Monday," today's post is also a perfect example of the best thing about our industry, the friendships that come out of everyone's love for the craft. Although Shiv and I crossed paths several times in previous careers, we've managed to get in a lot of quality time over the last couple of years thanks to Panasonic. Shiv's a LUMIX Ambassador, and over the years we've caught up to each other at various shows and even my house for dinner when he's speaking at the Southwest Florida Birding Festival in Fort Myers.
He posted the image above on the LUMIX Photographer's Facebook page, and it was so beautiful, I wanted to share it here in a post. Remember, this is a screenshot, so you can imagine how stunning the original must be at maximum resolution.
Check out the gear Shiv used to capture this image with a click on either of the thumbnails below. "Changing Photography" is Panasonic's tagline. They never slow down in bringing the very best in creative tools to photographers all over the world.
You'll enjoy more of Shiv's work with a click on today's "Mirrorless Monday" photograph above. Then follow him and the entire US LUMIX Ambassador team. They're regularly speaking at LUMIX retailers and conventions around the country. They're one of the most diverse and creative teams in photography, and should all be on your radar, and you'll be surprised at how much great content they share.
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