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November 3, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Impressionist Autumn

Impressionist Autumn

Impression of Autumn

I spend much of my photography time working to get detail-sharp photographs. But Saturday we were driving in the country when we came upon eight sandhill cranes strutting about in a just-harvested cornfield, feeding on the leftovers. I had my camera in my lap, but wasn’t planning on taking any shots, so though I clicked away, I didn’t have enough time to change the manual settings.

When I checked the photos, sure enough, all the cranes were a bit out of focus. Even though I had focused on the birds, they weren’t exactly posing still for me. They were busy fluttering, and pecking corn from the ground, and nudging each other. But I noticed the trees in the background and was drawn to their impressionist style. So I did a rather drastic crop.

Couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share, even though my husband, now a Photo Sherpa with a year of experience behind him, informed me that the photo wasn’t in focus.

I know.

I still like it.


  1. ybonesy / Nov 2 2008 8:25 pm

    I like it, too. It really does have an impressionist sensibility. I’m glad you posted it.

    We’ve only recently started to see the sandhill cranes. It’s still early for them.

  2. uphilldowndale / Nov 3 2008 6:30 am

    I like it too, what I need is a Photoshop Sherpa, I quite like to be alone when I am in photo mode

  3. Richard Lovison / Nov 3 2008 7:39 am

    The image has a dreamlike “Monet” quality about it. You probably would have enjoyed Dewitt Jones’ latest article in Outdoor Photographer.

  4. Debi / Nov 3 2008 7:51 am

    It does rather look like a painting, which is precisely why I’m drawn into it. Sometimes the best shots are those unplanned “accidents.” I love it, Bo.

  5. Marcie / Nov 3 2008 7:54 am

    I’ve never been a big fan of ‘perfect’ focus. Love the soft color and blur that this out-of-focus image is. Very painterly.

  6. Laurie / Nov 3 2008 8:40 am

    It is a pretty pattern with pleasing tones.

  7. Gandalf / Nov 3 2008 9:05 am

    It’s a very interesting shot, but i’d have to agree with the photo sherpa. While beautiful, it is definitely not in focus. 🙂

  8. nancybond / Nov 3 2008 12:57 pm

    Love it, Bo! I’d frame this one. 🙂

  9. HeyJules / Nov 5 2008 10:03 pm

    Hey! You tell your husband life isn’t always about coloring in the lines!

  10. suehenryphotography / Nov 9 2008 8:37 am

    This is one of the first images I choose to open, view, and read about. And, I’m so glad I chose this one! Sounds like this is a perfect example of what I can a “happy accident.” Such a cool image.

  11. organicsyes / Nov 9 2008 2:36 pm

    Heck…this is what I see without my glasses! Looks like a beautiful work of nature to me:)

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