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Practice makes a man perfect

Practice makes a man perfect
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-04 13:33
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 120
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Practice makes a man perfect
The analogue of this English saying, possibly, is available in each language of the world. By this picture I am finishing my first small series of the portraits made in Sophievsky park (Uman, Ukraine) with help of its charming inhabitants.

My searches of ID of this duck have not crowned by success, therefore I am compelled to give data concerning a whole family Anatidae. I'll be very grateful for the help. This duck and its pictures have delivered a big pleasure to me and all members of my family.

Duck is the common name for a number of species in the Anatidae family of birds. The ducks are divided between several subfamilies listed in full in the Anatidae article. Ducks are mostly aquatic birds, mostly smaller than their relatives the swans and geese, and may be found in both fresh water and sea water...

More info see:

Add. equipment and info:
Teleconverter: Kenko AF 1.4x Teleplus Pro DG
Flash: Konica Minolta Program Flash 5600HS
Focal length: 182 mm
Hand-held shot
Conditions of shooting were the same, as at the previous my two pictures.

!!! The amendment !!!

This is Anser indicus
Corrected by Shirgold and Hil

The Anser Species
True Geese belong to the sub family Anserinae. They are colored in blacks, whites, greys, and browns. The sexes are very similar in appearance. Most of the true geese are fairly large birds with only one molt so there is no eclipse phase as is found with ducks. True geese are mainly terrestrial in their feeding habits and have strong bills adapted for grazing. They tend to mate for life and both sexes care for the goslings.
The Anser species are in general the so-called "grey" geese. This name is not really accurate when the North American geese are considered. In fact the Ansers also include white and brown geese. A better way of establishing parameters for the group might be that they have a uniform plumage coloring of the three colors recognized above. In addition their bills and legs are pink, orange, or yellow. More information can be found from the sources in the reference list at the bottom of this web page...

Scientific Name: Anser indicus
See BAR-HEADED, True Geese

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To Nephrotome2: Your adviceAlex99 1 01-20 01:56
To peter_stoeckl: Responsibility. Many thanks.Alex99 1 12-04 15:46
To Hil: For help. Thank you.Alex99 1 12-04 15:40
To shirgold: ID, thanks.Alex99 1 12-04 15:38
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Bello retrato, perfectos colores y grandes detalles.
Saludos, JL.

Hi, Alexei.
This is very nice. Excellent exposure for this difficult shot. Tack sharp. Good compo and nice BG.

Hi Alexei,
Excellent portrait - it is very beautiful.
I am afraid you will have to change your note since this is the Bar-Headed Goose - Anser indicus - not a duck but a goose.
The bird's origin is in India but it escaped from captivity and nests in northern Europe.
TFS - Shir

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-04 14:16]

Hi Alexei.
It's splendid portrait those interesting and lovely Duck.I like him very much nicely POV and amazing details.Colours are very well saturated and blue background is superb.
Excellent work.
Thank you for sharing.
Regards Milos

bonsoir ALEX encore une macro tres bien reussie, jolies couleurs et bons détails

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-04 14:32]
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Hi Alexei

What a lovely shot of the Bar-Headed Goose, I just found the ID but Shir beat me to it, I can see why you would thought it is was Duck though as it looks far too sweet to be a Goose, I like the composition and the lovely pose, nice details and great colours complimented by the Blue BG.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hello Alexej,
bird portrait of monumental simplicity - reduced to the essence. With your series of bird portraits you actually have created an unmistakable style of your own.
With magnificently rich details, marvellous shades of colours, a perfectly charming pose, and a very well decided cropping you have created a character portrait of great depth and vitality. Thank you!
My best regards,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-04 15:02]

Hi Alexei,
In fact you have got the perfection in this kind of portraits. Light, dov, details, texture and colors are just exacts. Like being there in front of the duck.
TFS, José M.

Hi Alexei, wonderful portrait with lovely details, great sharpness, splendid colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Privet Alexei,
Very nice guy. He looks very lovely. Brilliant pose, I think it must be difficult to take this scene. But my brother loves difficult jobs, and he is succeeds in to do difficulties.

Sincere greetings dear brother.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-04 15:55]

Hi Alexei

This is most likely the best of the portrait from these sequell, so indeed you are getting better and better :)
I really like the details here - very clean and sharp, the exposure and lighting is spot-on now and the colors and coltrast are excellent.
The look of this goose makes her so cute and you managedto capture that very well.
Graet work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-12-04 16:13]

Hello Alexei,

Wow! Another wonderful picture from you!!! I'm very impressed by the quality of the Minolta camera with all those great details on the feathers! The nice blue (sky or water???) bg compliments so well the bird too! Exposition is perfectly managed again!!! Great great picture and TFS,


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-04 17:53]

Alexei, es excelente este retrato, buenos colores y nitidez, excelente compo y agradable texturas, saludos

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-04 18:51]

Hello Alexei,
yes it looks perfect, sharp down to the smallest water droplet. A interesting model you catured, I never seen one like this. Very nice POV and excellent light for this portrait.

Hello Alexei

Lovely portrait. Nicely composed with clear, sharp details. Very well managed exposure and lovely catchlight in the eye. Very nice camera work. TFS.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-04 22:04]

Hello Alexei

A wonderful close up portrait of this goose.The details are sharp and focused.Excellent POV and DOF.The colours are well saturated.I love the tiny water droplets on the plumage.Beautiful shot.TFS


What a wonderfully sharp portrait of this goose. It is just technically perfect (I think) and a sweet pose.

Evelynn : )

Excellent portrait shot Alexei, great lighting, details and sharpness, nice bg and contrast. Great colours and composition too. Very well done, thanks for sharing.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-05 2:25]

Fantastic shot Alexei, very nice portrait
Superb detail, and excellent bright colours. Very sharp and clear.
Thanks for posting

Beau portrait bien éclairé.
Bonne journée.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-05 6:21]

Hello Alexei,
Great portrait of the Bar-headed Goose.
This is nice and sharp and well composed with interesting POV.
I guess that to be able to get such a close shot you must have taken it in a park or aviary. Such a shot in the wild would be incredible.
TFS, best wishes, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-05 8:40]

Hello Alexei,
I normally prefer to see the whole bird but this close-up is special. First I love this Goose, he's very beautiful with the stripes on his head and it is really razor sharp! Wonderful details against the blue background!
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Alexei
I must say your gallery of portraits is outstanding...choose this one with a great colour and sharpness,perfect background and the duck has a expression...wow!
I open treknature and the first thing I do is look at your photos...to learn and most of all to fill my day with Art and Beauty
Thank you my dear friend Alexei!

Great work Alexei.
Sharp & detailed, looks great with the blue-grey BG. The POV, comp, exposure, color, DOF, are all very well done..And "practice makes a man perfect" is the "Anser" ;-}}
Have a nice day!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-05 10:41]

Privet Alex,
Beautiful portrait.Details on white feathers are great.POV,colors,simple BG,framing and composition are also excellent.

Hello Alexei,
Apt conclusion to your duck series with this fine close-up portrait of yet another beautiful bird.
With the kind of expertise you have as a photographer, this image is perfect from every point of view and a veritable pleasure to look at.
Thanks and take care.

Love your notes; but your photo deserves a:
Best regards,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-05 13:38]

Tercera entrega consecutiva de estos maravillosos retratos Alexei con notables detalles y agudeza del plumaje, ojo y pico del ave.
Gran punto de vista, generando además un perfecto fondo azul.
Completa la composición un muy apropiado encuadre.
Gracias y hasta la próxima... Ricardo

Third serial post of these wonderful portraits Alexei with notables details and sharpness of the plumage, eye and beak of the bird.
Great point of view, also generating a blue perfect bottom.
Complete the composition a very appropriate framing.
Thank you and until the next one... Ricardo

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-05 14:28]

Wonderful details, lovely light in the eye, excellent POV. This is just lovely



bonjour alex
c'est le troisieme portrait de suite et on ne s'en lasse pas,il est excellent comme les deux precedents.
c'est vraiment du gros plan.felicitations et continuez comme cela.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-12-05 15:09]

So this beauty is a Bar-Headed Goose. I love the bars on his head - no wonder he has this name!!
Wonderful portrait Alexei, and teh catchlight in his eye is good too. TFS

Hello Alexei,
You took the size image to the limit!
Good details, POV and composition.

Salut Alexei
Il est très réussi ce beau portrait de ce canard avec de très belles couleurs surtot que ce n'est pas toujours évident avec le noir qui se mari avec le blanc.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-06 2:38]

A very cute shot of this bar-headed goose, Alex.
The POV is charming, and the details are very sharp.
Good light and exposure too.
A wonderful expression.
TFS. : )

Alexei, you are an “AS” at this kind of portrait! You have a very sophisticated style of your own to show us those birds in all their majesty and proud! Exposure, details, POV, DOF, BG, everything is just perfect here. This is a very natural feeling we have looking at it and this light in its eye is just lovely. Thanks for sharing those interesting notes too,

Great serie of portraits. Beautiful photo. Very interesting note.
Best wishes

Hi Alexei,
Good simple compo.
Image with excellent sharpness.
Well done

Hola Alexei,
Un retrato perfecto como los anteriores, la luz y la nítidez son extraordinarias, quizá esta me guste más. Saludos

Hi Alexei,
I am not sure this portrait shot could be improved on in any way. Stunning! The colors and detail are amazing. That is a great shot my friend!

Hello Alexei,
This goose is almost pop-out from my computer screen, so real. A superb picture with all settings on the spot. TFS and best regards,

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-12-06 23:20]

Outstanding focus, detail and perfect exposure! Great neutral background and DOF.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-12-07 11:08]

hello Alexei
here is handsome model and wonderful portrait photo. i like point of view, background, lighting, colours, focus, sharpness and details

Hi Alexei,
I have seen your new series of pictures of anseriformes and this image called the attention to me, of a species that did not know and that is very pretty. The picture is magnificent, shows the face zone very well and t fine details on the pens.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-07 17:17]

Hi Alexei
Good portrait shot. Great sharpnes, details, light, colours and POV. Also good note and BG.
Well done mf..


Hello Alexei,
Probably the best of your birdie portraits!
Combined point of view and lighting make this image very pleasant to look at, with good textures in the plumage and great details in the face...
Well framed capture, good lines!
Pablo -

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-12-08 15:21]

Hello Alexei !
Ihad never seen this duck befre, he is truly splendid, with these black and white markings in the face. And the picture is really perfect : details, colors, exposure, composition, POV, BG... everything is splendid. I also like the look of the duck, he looks curious and atentive. very well done !

Hi Alexei,
The goose is wonderful, never seen this before.
this is excellent portrait, no nits here.
The exposure and details are spot. Lovely colours, well composed and good POV.
Great work, my friend.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-12-12 17:10]

Everything about this shot is perfect. POV is very nice just a bit above the subject, Colors, lighting and the details and sharpness is very spot on and wonderful. The water drops on the plumage is great.

Hi Alexei,
Very good exposure on this shot, great detail in the white feather, and the colours are nice and natural.
Very well done!

i just checked the photo data..flash fired
and quite opportunely...i can see the highlight in the eye and it makes the eye come alive
good pose and immaculate crispness on all frontiers..except background..:)
note is worth 2 in itself and i can tick that as useful

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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2006-12-13 11:39]

Ciao Alexei,
bellissimo ritratto, ottimi i particolari ed i colori, bella la luce sull'occhio.
Mi piace molto!


Belle photo,vous l' avez bien prise ,bien nette,clair et jolie,les détails sont extras. Thomas

  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-16 12:40]

Hello Alexei
What a marvellous picture!! I had never seen this kind of duck or goose before, but here it has a perfect portrait. It's lovely indeed.
Alex, you are a genius. TFS.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-12-17 13:11]

thHello Alex , A Great shot it's a beauty , good sharpnes details pov everithing is good , tfs Greetings ,Teunie .I ink next week I picture .

Hello Alexei.

Excellent macro, very good details and colors.
Happy new year.

Jose Luis.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-01-13 15:01]

Hi Alex!
You have improved a lot, we all learn here and I like that, lovely bird portrait and a great shot,really outstanding details, well done and keep experimenting!

The natural blue background enhances the nice colors of the goose.
crisp clear
Well done
{about the note, I would remove all data concerning ducks, which are only confusing. Only letting the thanks to Shirgold and Hil and mentioning in 5 words only that you mistaken the goose for a duck}

H Alex Superb portrait shot detail is spot on interesting markings unusual very well done and good work tfs rgds Necip

Very nice close up. I never seen a goose like that. Good work !

Hi Alexei,

I'm really surprised by the extra-quality of this "portrait". Perfect sharpness!

Well done!


Hello Alexei-Beautiful portrait of this attractive Duck.Very good details and sharpness.Like it.Regards and thanks for sharing-Srikumar

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