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Copyright: Jean Michel Peers (JeanMichel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 87 N: 938] (2864)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 F4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds In Flight Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-02 16:49
Viewed: 4854
Points: 49
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Since my registration, I've always looked with much pleasure to the numerous beautiful flying ducks some of you post regularly... a pleasure for the eyes. Thank you all for showing the way with your inspiring shots.
I've just got the EF100-400 L-IS three days ago and went to try it on the Seine river to catch birds flying. Many birds are nesting now, and I didn't found the liveliness of the recent mating season, but there were still the local ducks playing around. Although not perfect (see photographic facts), I like this one and would like to share it with you.
Many very good notes are available in the "ducks" theme about this well known mallard (Anas Platyrhynchos), so I won't duplicate.
-ISO 100 (I should have selected 400 or more, as the weather was dull and the subject was flying in the shade)
-Focal lenght 400mm (@ f/5,6, best aperture available, the original was quite underexposed)
-Burst mode, handheld, no flash.
Shot and adjusted in RAW mode, with a large compensation of the uderexposure. USM applied in Photoshop (180-0,7-2). NeatImage to compensate the BG noise created by the underexposure and USM correction.

milloup, Luc, Fisher, LordPotty, Janice, slrnovice2, ellis49, dew77, coasties, Comandante, Callie, PDP, rlortie, gerhardt, Esox, livios, shirgold has marked this note useful
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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-05-02 16:53]

Jolie prise. Elle manque un petit peu de netteté mais les couleurs sont belles et le canard ressort bien du fond. Bien vu.

This is a great flight-in shot, Jean Michel
I like this one.
Perfect action, great sharpness, very good colours and well composed.
Excellent work .
Welcome in the club :-)

And a very fine flying duck it is...

  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-05-02 17:21]

Une GRANDE photo, un niveau de difficulté très élevé. La prise est nette et le sujet est bien arrêté. Les couleurs et les détails du canard sont parfaits.


I see only two very minor problems with this one; the dull green on his head instead of the more vivid green you get in sunlight (nothing much to do about that in dull weather, though) and a bit of overexposure on the white bits on the tail. Otherwise very good indeed, there's even a catchlight in the eye.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-02 17:37]

No complaints of this shot.
Excelent composition and the ISO 100 is right on. Excelent details.


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  • cam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 78] (360)
  • [2005-05-02 17:59]

Belle capture en plein vol,ce qui n'est pas évident.Les détails sont précis, clair et l'ensemble est au mieux.
Bravo pour cette excellente photo.

Good capture Jean Michel.Now I can get you confused with Gert and Philip too.(I sometimes get their names mixed up because of their similar style and frames)
We really need more flying ducks ;)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-02 20:42]

Absolutely brilliant Jean Michel. Your first flight - great action shot. Colours and details perfect. Well shown! Bravo!

Lovely colours and composition Jean. You have a nice action shot here. DOF works very well and you have plenty of detail. I like the light, it is soft and you've captured the movement beautifully. Thank you for posting it for us :)

nice job. Moment is very good, coloures too.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-03 3:37]

What a great action shot Jean!
Vivid colors,details,lighting,BG are wonderful.
Excellent work,congratulations!TFS...:-)

Well done on this great action shot. Good detail and OOF BG. Not easy to get in-flight shots, but this is a beauty. Good work. Thanks

I think,you joined the duck club Jean!
This is one of the best flying duck image.Colors,BG and lighting are perfect.Thanks for sharing!

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-05-03 14:25]

Hi Jean Michel
VERY nice catch of this DD. Happy you have the new toy and that it delivers. Shooting on the wing is not as easy as some here make it look. I spend the whole Wednesday morning last week doind it, and not one proper pic.

This is very good, just enough blur in the background to show the movement. I know how hard these are to do.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-03 15:51]

A new member alreay so accomplished! Lovely shot Jean Michel, seems like you are getting on handsomely with that new camera and glass. Very well done.

Superbe !
Avec un effet de fillé a 1/640 tu devais aller vitte pour le suivre.

Je crois que vous allez apprécier cette nouvelle combinaison 20D et 100-400 Jean-Michel. Le début est très prometteur à en juger par cette excellente photo. La maîtrise de cet objectif n'est pas si évidente qu'il y paraît et vous avez très bien réussi l'effet de filé. Bravo et félicitations pour votre nouvel équipement.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-03 21:39]

Moi aussi j'aimerais bien joindre le Club, Jean-Michel. Cette photo me donne le goût d'en devenir membre. Acceptez-vous les petites caméras compactes? Un jour je vais y adhèrer. En attendant j'apprends dans le Club-École ;-)
Une excellente photo.
Merci beaucoup.

Its still a club I wouldl like to join. :)

Excellent shot, tack sharp and well composed. Very well done. I will follow shortly.. :)

  • Great 
  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2005-05-04 13:59]

Un sujet à la mode sur TN, mais qui fait ici l'objet d'une photo de très grande qualité.
Une grande maîtrise de la PDC, une netteté exemplaire et des couleurs très fidèles.
Ton nouvel objectif semble être une arme de choix dans tes mains.
Merci à toi.

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well done,

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-08 10:57]

Jean Michel, I dream about a 20D and a 100-400. And your pictures will keep my dream alive.

Excellent photo. Great action, colors and composition.


This is wondeful shot and I love it.
Well done!

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