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Ugly Ducklings

Ugly Ducklings
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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: 2007-03-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-03 10:02
Viewed: 3074
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
OK so I lied and they are not ugly at all :)

I took these pictures at Arundel on Saturday. They are still very young so mum was not letting anyone near them. I had to poke my camera around a corner to take these pictures without disturbing her. Spring was certainly in the air with the swans nesting and these cute fellows running around. Despite the two different colours these ducklings were part of the same brood

PaulH, Alex99, cedryk, jmp, Debz, horia, uleko, Hil, marcin, pablominto, anel, Juyona, scottevers7, Silvio2006, JORAPAVI has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-03 10:07]

Hi Karan. Great pictures of the Ducklings,Yes they are cute.great colour and detail.well done.
Nick.. I lived near Arundel 20 years ago.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-04-03 10:08]

Hi Karen,

another great collection of images, each one cuter than the next! I especially like the bottom right :o) Very well done.



WOW, great catch. They are very cute.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-03 10:35]

Hi Karan.
Nice set of sweet shots of these cute ducklings. I like soft lighting, soft but rich colours and perfect reproduction of the duckling fluff so much. Excellent POV at every picture. They are composed very well and look together perfectly. Superb done. My compliments and best regards.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-04-03 10:46]

Hello Karan,
Very nice collage of this Easter ducklings - yes, it's a perfect time to post them :-) I like very much the details and the one with burned breast does not count et al ;-)
Best greetings,

Hi Karen,

Beautiful montage of these ducklings. Love the POV in each of the photos. The colour and sharpness are superb!


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-04-03 11:14]
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Hi Hester, Wow you did a great job here. But wait, I am mad jealous - I cannot see any evidence of ducklings or goslings yet here in London parks! We have had a few very bad days with wind and rain - another tree came down in Hyde Park a few days ago. Maybe they are having no luck. I love the way you have put them together, I should have thought of this last year. They are all lovely and you have captured them beautifully, nice and sharp but fluffy with great colours and detail. Wonderful compositon Hester, well done. tfs debz

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-03 11:16]

Hi Karan,
They aren't ugly at all! Lovely collage very nice to see.
TFS, José M.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-03 11:20]

Definitely not ugly :) They are really cute! ;)
A very beautiful and mood-lifting post, Karan.
All these 4 photos are terrific and show them in differents aspects of their simple (for now) life.
Charming colors and details throughout.

Cheers and TFS

bonjour karan
excellente composition,ils sont tres mignons sur les quatres photos.
bon piqué est jolies couleurs.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-03 13:40]

Hello Karen,
How very cute!! Very well done collage showing the two from different angles. Sharp details and lovely natural colours. I like the way they have different markings. You've managed to shoot them all from a very nice point of view too. Well done!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-03 14:49]

Hi Karan,

What a lovely shot of Springtime, I like your compostion a lot with 4 great poses and 4 great POV's, nice detail that really captures the soft downey feathers perfectly, great colours too.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-04-03 15:39]

hi Karan
Great pictures, very well done

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-03 17:34]

Hi Karan,
Lovely ducklings all around. Can't decide which one is the cutest. But you have done very well with each one of them. Thank you for sharing.
Best wishes,

Hello Karan,
Indeed, those little feather balls looks good..!
Very well groomed and with a happy grin on the face, what more can a photographer ask for?
Pablo -

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-04 3:29]

Hello Karen,
How could we resist? These ducklings are just too cute. I just love the one on the left under part. It is decided to conquer the world. Well seen, well presented. Thank's a lot
best regards

Hello Karan,
At first I was very confused after reading your title, seeing the picture, before reading those notes. I told myself: I think that Karan needs some better glasses :) They are just lovely. I like the fact that those four pictures are very different one from the other and those superb poses you captured, details and composition. Each picture could be a great single post :) Well done and TFS,


So cute and so early... I haven't spotted any around my area yet... Great collage with each of the picture easily holding their own. I especially like the top 2.


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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-04-04 10:14]

Hi Karan,
Wonderful collage from you.
Very nice soft colors.

Nice captures of these "cute" little guys. I might not have included the one with the OE (bottom right) as it distracts attention from the others. They are fun to look at.

Evelynn : )

Hi Karan

Top shot, drags lots of emotions. Did you take this at the Wildfowl trust or at the lake over the road ??


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-05 5:58]

Hola amiga,
son maravillosos,
un collage familiar,con estas espléndidas capturas,
una forma maravillosa de amar a los animales,
saludos Karan.

Hi Karen,
Nice collage! Ugly? No! Highly cute? Yes! You just want to pick them up and cuddle them. (As long as mom is not around)
All look excellent.

Hi Karan,
The cuteness level on this photo is extreemly high. You captured the softness of this babies perfectly. The composition of the 4 different photos is becomming a great trademark of you. I like it that you show us all the different poses. Quality of each photo is just perfect.

Hi Karan, splendid serie of this lovely duck, wonderful colors, great focus, splendid sharpness, beautiful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Karan,
Très jolie composition à partir des photos de ces deux adorables cannetons. Les cadrages en carrés sont inhabituels, et fonctionnent très bien.

Hi Karan,
Nice images.
I like the the one down to the left the most.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-04-12 14:58]

Cuatro imágenes, protagonistas muy similares y el sello que caracteriza tus presentaciones Karan para mostrarnos tan bien a este delicados bebés, con gracia, agudeza y agradable composición.

Four images, very similar protagonists and the stamp that it characterizes your presentations Karan to show us so well to this delicate babies, with grace, sharpness and pleasant composition.

Hola Karan,
Una collage de gran belleza y encantador, todas las imágenes son excelentes. Saludos
José Ramón

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