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Mallard Duck, Drake

Mallard Duck, Drake
Photo Information
Copyright: Mike Hodgson (Fisher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1992-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Elan
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-10-28 14:17
Viewed: 5129
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's a mallard Duck, Drake, having a stretch.
This was taken with the Canon EOS Elan, 14 years ago.
I've seen lots of pics of these ducks, those in flight. I like the blurred wings, it gives it some animation. Life. A centered shot normaly does not work, this one is slightly off center, we have 2 triangles, and 2 rectangles in this composition.
Story behind this. I wanted something different than a sitting duck. I let the camera down and observed the ducks. Many did exactly as this one, flap the wings without flying away. I then picked this one which was closest to me and waited, finally this.
Lens used, 100-300mm
Ten years ago, no idea of the speed and Fstop, I normaly shoot about 500 speed, the Fstop is in the neighborhood of 5.6, judging by the focus.

Mike <><

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Very good shot, the action of the duck makes it difficult to focus just right.
Nevertheless, I like this shot. Well Done.

Mike nice one I know its anew picture but its still a realy well captured I too like the moving wings I know how brief a moment this was to grab it in.I have spent a fair bit of time trying to get a shot like this and still failed,So nice one.

This is one of the better duck pictures I've seen today (some others I haven't viewed at all). It is well taken and you've included a good note. Nothing wrong with this at all.

nice shot, good capture of the motion of the wings, it's a good thing the rest is sharp.
the rings on the water and reflection are nice to.
good compo to.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-29 13:47]
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Very good capture, the moment was captured very well. Good work.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-29 18:18]
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Hi Mike
And welcome. I am one of the "birdie" shooters and love our feathered brothers, even the pestly mallard, because escapees breed with our wild Yellow-billed ducks! This is a nice compo, as you said, also for the reasons mentioned. The scan deducts a bit from you quality, I have a flatbed and it does the same.
I would love to see pics of where you live too! and the critters living around you.

Hi Mike.
I like your duck.
I'm a "duckman", I shot alot of ducks.
The motion in the wings a great .
As Japie says it's sometime problems with scanning.
Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-10-30 11:55]
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Mike, with my digital camera, I took photographs of my old photographs and the results are better than with a scanner.
I am a mallard fan too. TFS.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-30 14:19]
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Seeing that you scanned this you are forgiven for the bit of noise in the shot. What I do when I scan, I scan it at a around 300DPI and enlarge the image at the same time. This will unfortunately create a huge file, but then your processing s/w has more data to work with. Once you have finished the pp you can then save the file for web which will bring the size down to below 200k.

On your composition here, I feel it is a bit too centered. Despite the 2 triangles that you mentioed, I would still have cropped it so that the mallard is just off center to the left. I like digital as it is easier to to the crop afterwards.

I like the image and especially that the feet is visable - It usually gets obscured by the reflection.

Thanks for posting and bring them on, I like your work

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That's a nice one, even if the focus is not perfect.
Good job

Very good action shot Mike - perfect shutter speed to freeze the movement without taking away the feeling of movement. The colours are very natural and I like the cropping/composition but it seems slightly overexposed in the white areas (I know it is difficult but try next time to underexpose pictures in heavy sun with something like 0.5-1.0 aperture and the fix it in Photoshop when you are back home).

Dynamic shot, good DOF, I wonder what lenght (focus) it has been taken. Fine picture.

I need some thermals to give me enough lift to take off. But if I just keep flapping my wings----, Great shot and timing on this one.
these ducks have such great color.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-04 15:06]

Mike, these birds are often on TN. I find them very beautiful, but I guess they can't be found here in Brazil - at least I've never seen one of them. Therefore, let me see them through pictures like yours.

Vivid colors, and you captured a nice moment.

Very good shot , right moment . I like tje motion..............well done

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  • urban Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 4 N: 79] (413)
  • [2005-03-29 15:59]

I like the pose. As you say there are lots of mallard pictures and a little orginality is great I think.

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