She Wouldn’t Say Boo To A Goose

geese being herded in Masham

Photographed in Masham in Yorkshire during the annual fair in 2009.

I spotted the geese and I was in a rush to get in front of them as they were being herded up the street.

I always try to keep my ISO as low as possible. But here I should have used a higher ISO so I could use a smaller aperture with a faster shutter speed.

But things were moving quickly and I didn’t make the changes and the shots were out of focus.

It was one of those times when it was driven home to me how important it is to have quick access to ISO and to know one’s camera ‘blindfold’ – literally be able to set the settings blindfold.

Higher ISO means more noise in the signal-to-noise ratio. It means less vibrant colours and ugly speckles in the shadows. But I shot this with a Nikon D700 and it was crazy of me not to use a higher ISO. In its day and even now it is noted for just how high the ISO can be bumped without destroying image quality.

So at least part of the reason why I didn’t change ISO here was the ‘High ISO is bad’ mantra that was running in my head.

Even that doesn’t make sense now when I look at the EXIF data. It was f7.1 at 1/2000 of a second. So I guess a lot of the out-of-focus problems were just down to user error.

She wouldn’t say boo to a goose means someone who is timid.

I wonder what the equivalent is for other countries?

PhotoNinja For Fuji X-Trans Files


It’s said that Photoshop and LightRoom don’t get the best out of Fuji digital files. That’s because they are a different file format to the standard format used in most cameras. They are X-Trans rather than Bayer.

I decided to try PhotoNinja on a couple of Fuji photos I took last summer, and it does a good job. I’m not sure yet whether it does a better job.



Broughton Street, Edinburgh

I photographed this with my iPhone using the panorama app that is built in to the Apple camera. I took the photo because I like the way the streets come together at that point. Broughton Street is on a gentle slope going downhill from foreground to background. It looks steeper in real life.

Edinburgh is on the south bank of the river Forth, and beginning in the seventeen hundreds developers started to build along the bank that faces north towards the river. Broughton street is pretty much as the eastern end of that development and I like the area because it kind of falls off the edge and the ups and downs are at their most interesting.

By the way, I reduced the photo from its native size down to a useable size using the Reduce app on my phone and I posted it into this post on my phone and saved the draft.

Now I am on my computer adding the text.

I didn’t publish from my phone because I wanted to see how the image turned out looking at it from a bigger screen before I published.

Well, it looks fine. Click on the image to see a larger version.