Winter Waterfowl Assignment Winner Gene Nemeth

Congratulations to Gene Nemeth for winning the Winter Waterfowl Assignment with the image, “Synchronized.”

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Winner: "Synchronized" By Gene Nemeth


“This photo was taken at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Pennsylvania in February of 2018 during the annual snow geese migration,” explains Nemeth. My wife and I having been going there for five years now during this peak migration season. At the height of the migration in mid to end of February, there could be over 125,000 birds there at one time.

”I had taken quite a few photos of the massings of birds, but after a while I started to concentrate on smaller groupings as they were flying into the lake area. It was misty all day and there was a heavy fog in the morning which, I absolutely loved. Looking at the images on the back of my camera, I noticed that when photographing those smaller groups of geese that the moment of capture they created interesting, sometimes amusing, patterns to the position of their wings. I kept focusing on their wing patterns when they were photographed together. This pair synchronized perfectly. I tried to photograph them when they were a little lower so they’d be highlighted against the darker trees, but in this particular image I rather like just the tips of those trees showing up in the bottom of the photo to give a reference. "

Nikon D500, Nikon 80-400mm lens at 400mm. Exposure: 1/2500 sec., f/5.6, ISO 400, ev -.3.

See more of Gene Nemeth’s photography on Instagram @gene.nemeth.