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On Your Marks...

On Your Marks...
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-27
Categories: Birds, Humorous
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-27 13:25
Viewed: 3732
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As the lakeside swimming champions took their places it was Millie the Mallard who was clear favorite for the gold medal


Mallard Facts from the BBC:
Mallards feed by leaning forward into the water so that their tails stick upwards and their necks stretch down into the water. This is called ‘dabbling’. While submerged, the ducks will feed on the small plants and animals they find there. Mallards feed both day and night. Semi-domesticated mallards are common in parks and villages around ponds and rivers. These ducks are very tame and feeding them scraps of bread is a popular activity among both children and adults. Mallards are able to take off from water quite steeply using their wings to push against the surface to help launch them. They are also able to land at quite a steep angle and this allows them to land in relatively small bodies of water. Most mallards in Europe are resident, except in the North and East where they migrate in winter to avoid ice.

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-01-27 13:28]

great pose.good focus on the head but you might benefit from sharpening the rest of the bird. good colors

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-01-27 13:39]

Hello Karan,
You have captured the decisive moment! Excellent exposure and composition...
Best wishes,

Ciao Karan, wonderful Mallard with splendid colors, great pose, optimal sharpness, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-01-27 14:07]

Hi Karen,

Millie the Mallard? So they have names do they?!

Excellent timing on the pose and you've captured those striking markings beautifully too. Really very nice.



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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-27 14:22]

Jejeje... funny my friend...

Composition: *****
Sharpness: *****
Color: *****
Lighting: *****
Background: -
Framing: ****
DOF: *****
Focus: ***
POV: *****
Frame: -
Note: *****

Really amusing expression with the suitable title.

Lovely contrast, color and compostion.

I particularly like the contrast, in texture and color, of the water and the decking.

Great capture, I love the title, it creates a little story in the mind that the picture fulfills.

Hello Karan.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-27 15:44]

Hello Karan , Fantastic shot , a great compositie details sharpnes and colours very good ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-27 16:27]

Muy original título y bello disparo, nitidez y maravillosa luz... saludos

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  • zoso68 (21)
  • [2007-01-27 16:40]

Great timing and exposion. Amazing Mallard.

Fantastic composition. The anticipation of a big splash is wonderful, as is the lighting and detail. Well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-27 19:36]

Hello Karan

Very funny...so what odds are the bookmakers giving her? a lovely shot with warm lighting.The plumage glows.Very good POV and DOF,the details are sharp and the colours are vivid.Very good camera work.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-27 22:28]

Hahaha....That is a great pose you have caught, Karan.
It is the quintessential ready-to-dive, on-your-mark posture.
Great details and light, and love those up-lifted wings and outstretched neck.
TFS. : )

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-28 5:42]

Hi Karan,
Beatiful colours and light, extreme sharpness and an attractive pose and composition.
TFS, José M.

Lol Karan,
What a superb picture :) It made me smile! I love its pose and this moment you caught. Well done! Thanks,
I love this title :)

Hello Karan,
This guy is funny!!!
Great pose, probably training for Duck Olympics...
Excellent details are captured, very well done!
Pablo -

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-28 7:24]

Hello Karan,
Very nice capture.I liked POV,sharpness,clear details,colors and moment you caught a lot.

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  • james (74)
  • [2007-01-28 9:36]

it really does look like its getting ready to jump right in and go for it.
well done all around, details, focus, dov nicely comoposed.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-01-28 11:00]

Hi Karan,
This is a wonderful portrait of a mallard.
Very clear capture.
Nice colors and sharpness.
Well done.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-28 11:55]

Hello Karan
I love the pose of this splendid and beautiful duck!
What a funny and excellent shot with perfect sharpness, color and composition!
Very good note also.
Thank you very much for sharing
Best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-28 15:42]

Hello Hester,
That's a lovely capture at the right moment of this duck! The light is beautiful and the sharpness great. Very nice colours and composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Karan

A quel compétition était-il?
Félicitation pour ce joli Colvert. Photo nette, bonne composition et belle pose de l'oiseau.
Bravo et merci....JP

Well I hope Millie medalled and took home the gold. It's a great action shot. Perfect timing on your part. Good exposure, focus and saturation.

Evelynn : )

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-29 10:01]

Hi Karan,
fabulous timed shot, I love this pose and you right, looks like a race commences. You photo is wonderful, the sharpness and the colors are incredible. POV, details and composition are great.

hi karan!
nice one with really good
sharpness and the mallard
in a nice pose!
good work!

Hi Hester
Very nice moment, and great title.

Hi Karan,
I really likes this mallard's pose!
You used a very effective POV, to show this scene with a lot of clear details.
The low light and the illumination there were remarkable.
Very good the horizontal composition.
Congatulations, thanks for share and best regards,

Hi Karan,
Quite a stretching pose you got there!
Very nice light on this one, especially on the duck's face and very good sharpness.
TFS - Shir

salut karan
j'aime bien l'attitude de cette cane,faisait elle sa gymnastique?
tres bien fait.

Hi Hester,
What a stunning an funny moment captured. How did you come up with the name Millie.
Really love the pose and all the little details you were able to capture. Wonderful exposure and composition.

:) tomorrow

ha ha ha! I love it! Its like hes a speed swimmer getting ready to jump off the edge of the pool! Great capture! Love it!
Donna :o)

thanks for your comments on my photo "an Ice Storm " :o)

j'aime beaucoup cette position du canard, belle photo, bonnes couleurs
merci du partage

This one really brought a smile to my face this afternoon.

Nicely done and TFS

excellent pov......love this pose

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