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The Underduck (^o^)

The Underduck (^o^)
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-10
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Sigma UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-26 10:16
Viewed: 3069
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There's no denying it: this is not the accepted PoV when shooting anything. I'd rather have shot at eye level but it was a little wet down there!
And there's no denying that the mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) is one of the world's most common waterbirds (information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallard).
But this little lady swam past my feet and I could not resist capturing her beauty for posterity.

Thanks for your visit, your critiques and your continued good wishes (my hands are slowly healing and I am determined to be quite well before the summer is out (^o^))

gracious, jaycee, angybone, lovenature, dew77, pierrefonds, ramthakur, mlines has marked this note useful
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Hello Silke,
Superb sharpness and clarity and I liked the pov myself on capturing this beauty!
very good natural colour and exposure!
well seen and composed
thanks for sharing

Hi Silke, superb colors and lighting, very good sharpness, well done,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-26 10:58]

Hi Silke,

I like this unusual POV very much and I like it that you dared to be different. Beautiful face and the plummage is marvelous. I love the one blue feather.


hello Silke,

She is a beauty! You had every right to capture her and share the shot!

Lovely details of her feathers. The water ripples give the impression that she is revolving!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Silke, lovely duck with splendid colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Silk
It' doesn't matter if the Mallard is a common bird, it's how you captured this little beauty, and you captured her very well. It's an interesting view to see her from the top. I love the pattern and colours of her feathers. Good detail, lighting and colour.
TFS Janice

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-26 22:28]

Hello Silke

A lovely shot of this mallard duck.The plumage detail and colours are excellent.I like the little foot paddling away beneath her.TFS


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-07-26 22:56]

Angle de vue intéressant ...et quelle patte !
Bonne journée.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-27 2:17]

Hello Silke,
Wonderful capture of this cute duck.Colors,details and framing are excellent.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-27 3:25]

Hi Silke,
even though Mallards are common, I still marvel at their beautiful colours!
Sharp and detailed.
Even though, as you explained, the POV is shied upon, it shows the beautiful, blue, wing bar of the female Mallard very well.
Well done,

Very fine sharp. Excellent details and lovely colours. Very nice shot.
Best wishes,

Hi Silke,

A nice image of the mallard, the POV is showing a lot of details of the feathers. The photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Interesting shot and it's not fun lying in the mud, I agree! ha ha

Be patient with your recovery and you'll be back fit to fight in no time flat!

hello Silke

you are right why get wet when you can use the camera in the usual position,

any how a lovely picture



I find the point of view you adopted for taking this picture rather innovative, Silke.
The mallard looks very attractive from this perspective.
Hope your hands get better soon.
Thanks and take care.

Hello Silke,
I think I like this angle!
Why should all duck images look the same...
Here I really get to enjoy the fine wing feathers, I also see how the bird uses the paddles to navigate!
Pablo -

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-07-30 18:35]

Hi Silke. Good capture of the duck. As you say it is not always possible to get sown with eyelevel in a case like this. It is still good to see. Just back from China, where they eat all sorts of things including chicken feet so no doubt some trekkers will be looking at that foot licking their lips a little! Yikes. Murray.

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