Tuesday, October 19

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“Geese at Sunrise” by Robin Conover Canon EOS 6D EF 70–200 mm, 2.8 L lens at 98 mm ISO 400, fl2.8 at 1/1600 second, handheld

Enjoying a sunrise means something different to everyone. Just as each sunrise has its own unique moments, so does each person who experiences it. For me, there is a solitude and peace in the morning that is hard to beat. Observing nature come to life at daybreak is a precious experience to me.

As I set up to photograph this sunrise, I was enjoying the silence. I was the only one at this spot on this morning. Noticing the sunlight on the horizon, I had a wide-angle lens on my tripod set to capture the rays of light as they beamed through the fog. I envisioned a wide-angle landscape.

I almost always carry two cameras with different focal length lenses so I can be ready to capture the unexpected. My secondary camera had a 70–200 mm lens on it, and I had it set to a faster shutter speed just in case an otter swam by or waterfowl might fly into the frame. I had observed geese flying at sunrise here many times and had missed the shots.

This particular morning started out with a chill in the air. A thin layer of fog hid parts of Radnor Lake but was beginning to thin. The sun had just broken above the ridgeline a few minutes before I heard a flock of geese begin to call out as they do before taking flight.

With those few seconds of warning, I was able to grab the camera on my side and set the exposure with a fast shutter speed. I was able to focus on the geese as they lifted above the treeline and were silhouetted against the golden sky.

This shot happened so quickly, I didn’t notice the birds’ reflection until I viewed it on my computer. In the 10 frames I was able to shoot, this one perfectly captured the feeling of that morning.

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About Author

Robin Conover has spent the last 33 years documenting the people and places of Tennessee with The Tennessee Magazine. After graduating from Murray State University, Robin began working for magazine in October 1988 as a communications specialist and photojournalist. She now serves as TECA vice president of communications and editor of The Tennessee Magazine. Her interest in preserving the environment and Tennessee’s beautiful natural areas has led her down many miles of trails to capture thousands of images. Robin is currently a board member of the Friends of Radnor Lake, a nonprofit in Nashville. Robin’s images can be seen in greeting cards, calendars, books and at a few fine-art shows she participates in each year.

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