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Duck on the run

Duck on the run
Photo Information
Copyright: Dennis Starkey (starkey666) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 1 N: 1] (40)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Dsc F-717, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, uv haze
Exposure: f/2.4, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Aquatic Birds - Aves Acuáticas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-19 7:32
Viewed: 4426
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Found this duck at a local lake while visiting a relative in Connecticut. I think he/she is a mallard but I'm not sure, the closer I got with the camera the faster he/she ran away.
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-19 8:27]

Classic picture of a duck. Very nice composition and colour. I'm definitely no expert on ducks but I htink your ID is correct and this would be a female. Good work.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-19 9:56]

A nice capture and with lovely detail and colours.
Its a little small,a larger image would have more impact I think.
A good one though,very well done.

Bonita imagen... aunque algo pequeña Dennis.
Bellos colores en una tradicional imagen, excelente nitidez.
Podrias incluir alguna otra informacion en tus notas.
Decidí agregar un pequeño trabajo, en realidad una broma... espero sea de tu agrado.

Pretty image... although something small Dennis.
Beautiful colors in a traditional image, excellent clearness.
You could include some other information in your notes.
I decided to add a small workshop, in fact one joke... I hope you like it.

Very nice catch. Details are clear. Could be a Mallard, but after all the crossbreeding of the Mallard, who knows. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Dennis, well met
And the mallard female looks nice too. Some pointers, if you don't mind. Try and get down to the level of your sunject, the mallard. You are shooting down on her, so the POV is higher and the impact less. Focus on the ye, and use fill flash to get a highlight in the eye, this make the eye "speak" to the viewer and hold his attention. The crop is a bit awkward - crop 60% below the feet, some a bove and add some space left = this will place the duck on on of the strong nides, either a 1/3 or 1/5. This also improves your visual impact. lastly, light i everything, and this was against you. Also, try and let the subject do something, a static animal does not convey the same impact as one "doing" something.

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