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?