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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Fine Feathered Friends [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-16 5:07
Viewed: 5138
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First of all i would like to publicly apologize to all of you that i've wrote something like this: "No time now...be back with a proper critique later" these past few weeks!
It's been a very very busy period for me at work, but i still wanted to say something nice and as precise as possible about all your lovely shots...but unfortunately the day has only 24 hours :(

Secondly, now that i'm pretty much done with all the work, i'll be missing from here for about 5-6 days...i'm going in Slovakia for a vacation :) (and i'm going to try some landscapes...maybe).

Anyway, i decided to post something different today. I believe you've seen loads of notes about these ducks, so i'm going to approach this from a different angle again :)

To me, it seems that in this shot the farther one is drafting behind the first one...just like cars or bikes to when they want to overtake...and that's how my mind slipped to that.

So here's something about drafting:
Drafting, or slipstreaming, is a technique in sports racing where competitors align in a close group in order to reduce the overall effect of drag or fluid resistance of the group. Especially when high speeds are involved, drafting can significantly reduce the average energy expenditure required to maintain a certain speed.

Drafting is usually to reduce wind resistance and is seen most commonly in bicycle racing, car racing, and speedskating though is occasionally used even in running. Some forms of triathlon allow drafting. Fluid resistance can also mean water resistance, however, and so drafting is sometimes seen in swimming as well, particularly in "open-water" swim events where competitors are not separated into distinct lanes.

Drafting in nature:
Cooperative fluid dynamics techniques like drafting are found in nature, as well. Flocks of geese and some other birds fly in a V formation that is believed to improve overall fluid dynamics, though not in the straightforward fashion of car racing, which involves close positioning in single file. Goose flocking is not fully understood, but probably involves the recovery of energy from vortices created by the leading birds' wingtips (see wingtip vortices). (For this reason, it may not meet some people's definition of drafting).

Other animals have been observed to use true drafting behavior reminiscent of auto racing or cycling. Lobsters, for example, are known to migrate in close single-file formation "lobster trains", sometimes for hundreds of miles.

EXIF data:
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Focal Length: 430mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/400
Metering Mode: Pattern
Exposure Bias: -0.66
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: Handheld
TOD: about 4PM
Weather conditions: set sun
Part of the info from Wikipedia

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Lovely shot and not easy to get the correct exposure with all that reflecting light.
Good job on focus too.
Nice composition.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-16 5:36]

Hello Horia,
Very nice shot,lovely composition and POV.great pose and nice colors,very well done.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-16 5:47]

Hi Horia,
What a lovely POV and composition... I liked the pose you caught.TFS
Hope you have a great time and a good rest in Slovakia :o)

Hola Horia,
Bonita y bella composición, buena nitidez y luz agradable, propiciada por lor reflejos del agua. Saludos

Hello Horia,
Quite an unusual picture as for you :-)
I like very much the composition but best of all I like the colours and light on the water surface.
Cool shot my friend!
And interesting note too......
Best greetings,

Hi Horia,
You should not apologize for the way you had to critique recently. I am always glad to see you stop by, even for the such a brief moment. At one time or another work can consume all your time. I get frustrated that I cannot get out more to take new photos due to work and other things that take up so much of my time.

I like the POV on this shot. good DOF keeps them sharp, and the low light stil has subtle yet beautiful colors. The reflecions and ripples in the water are excellent.

Hi Horia,
This week seems to have been complicated for some of us...
I like this frontal POV capture and the action and movement done by the generated waves.
Wish you a great time in Slovakia and a lot of great subjects to shoot at there.
Best regards,

hi horia,
nice shot,
i likes the composition,
the effect of light on the water makes beautiful effect,waiting for your landscape shots after your vacations, have a nice time,
tfs & regards

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-16 8:27]

Hello Horia,
Nice capture and have a good and happy holiday.

Hi Horia,
Very nice pov and those ripples are great. I like your informative note and observation. Have a nice trip.

Love the POV. I just love reflections and water in motion, so a shot like this ticks a lot of boxes for me, not to mention the fact that it includes wildlife, too. TFS

Hi Horia Have a nice time in Slovakia been there myself nice people and history . Good work light and exposure well handled interesting and different composition tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Horia,
I have to read your note again to understand everything:-)
Concerning your image the compo is very good!
TFS and have a nice trip.

And an Irish draft? Nope, not a beer!
Here it is:
"Follow me, I'm right behind ya!"...

Love the compo, and the moire patterns!
Time for me to look thru my Archives ;)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-02-16 21:00]

Horia, this is a great pair, and you did a great job.

I like composition in this very fine moment.

Hi my dear friend Horia ,
great work.
well composed and nice light.
very well done.
thanks for sharing

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-17 9:28]

La composición es verdaderamente agradable y la agudeza muy buena.
Quizás con lo que no estaría de acuerdo es con la iluminación o el balance de blancos, pero desconociendo las condiciones de la captura, obviamente.
Te deseo unas excelentes vacaciones amigo mío y hasta tu regreso!.

The composition is truly pleasant and the sharpness very good.
Maybe with what I would not agree it is with the illumination or the white balance, but ignoring the conditions of the capture, obviously.
I wish you one excellent vacations my friend and until your return!.

The vertical works well for your duet :)
I will detail later Horia..

salut Horia
belle présentation aux couleurs supers, j' aime les mouvements de l' eau, c' est parfaits
bravo et merci

Bonjour Horia
C'est une Scêne Sympathique de la vie animale avec une belle présentation.

Bonne journée et au revoir...JP

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-02-17 12:58]

great light details and wonderful notes make for an interesting piece of work.

enjoy your trip.


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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-02-17 13:47]

Hi Horia,
Beautifully captured.
Nice point of view and reflections on the water.
Well done.

Hello Horia,
Two in a row... Lovely!
Well framed situation, birds are captured with fine details as they are creating woonderful ripples in the water...
Good details, well composed!
Pablo -

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-17 16:19]

Hi Horia

It seems like quite a few of us are lacking time. Niek (Suntoucher) has written something similar on his post and I am busy with work as well. I am glad you are still finding the time to take the picture.

Lovely composition in this one but I also love the light and ripples on the water



first off, I love the title! As it does indeed appear that they are indeed drafting! Secondly its a great shot, love the ducks close up and seeing the water movements and reflections..nicely done. TFS

thanks for your commments on my photo "Looking for Lunch" :o)

Hello Horia,
Understanding the dynamics of Drafting may be beyond my limited IQ, frankly :-).
However, I can and am enjoying and admiring this picture of two ducks swimming in a formation of sorts :-).
I like the play of light on the surface of water creating a lovely effect around the subjects.
Thanks and take care.

Hi Horia,
let me start with wishing you a great vacation in Slovakia, and all the luck and fun with landscape photography. Just remember this, when it feels good, it is good.

Now the photo. A wonderful drafting moment captured with great light. I just love all the golden shapes and circles created by the sun on the water.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-18 19:08]
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Hi Horia

Firstly, very interesting notes about 'drafting' or 'slipstreaming'. Secondly, a great capture of this lovely scene clearly showing this phenomena.

I just like the mood created by the lighting and the reflections on the water surface. The darkish surface standing in great contrast to the visible streaks of light. This was enhanced by the V shaped ripples emanating from the swimming motion and further movement of the ducks. The DOF working range you attained from your S2 ensured crisp details all the way from the foreground to the very rear area of the shot.

Very well done and TFS.

PS. Don't worry apologising about lack of wanted time. We all experience that and we do what we can when we can. See you around when you have time or after your vacation.

Hi Horia,
You did a good job!!
This photo is very impressive to me, specially, reflecting light on the water.
Excellent shot with sharp details and beautiful colours, the composition is also great.
Regards and TFS,

Hi Horia,
Is this a synchronize swimming? Cute mallard (or duck?), nicely captured.
Great shot.

Very beautiful capture showing fantastic colours and great detail. Wonderful tandem

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-19 8:45]

Hello Horia,
nice shot, I like the head on POV you choose. Excellent work with the difficult lighting. Very well composed and very well presented.

Hello Horia !
I love this beautiful picture, it is quite unusual from you ! :-) Excellent composition and POV, and I love the colors and reflections on the water. Beautiful light, and a soft and peaceful atmosphere on your picture. I hope to see some beautiful photos from Slovakia when you retrun !

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-02-20 10:07]

Hi Horia.
I like this your capture supplemented very interesting note.Great composition and very good exposure.Water is with those reflexs lights really splendid and makes very interesting effects.Excellent your work with light.
Well done,TFS and best greetings.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-21 0:32]

Good morning Horia,
The timing of your photo is excellent in that the second duck lies right on the diagonal, very pleasing composition. Excellent sharpness and exposure considering the difficulty with motion and reflection. Well done.
Best wishes,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-21 6:29]

Hola Horia,
simpática imagen,
y agradable composición,
con bellos tonos y genial presentación. saludos.

Dear Horia!
Very nice picture, and very unusual as for you ;>
I like the composition and good details. POV is also very good and a note informative :)
Greetings from winter Lodz,

Symoathique duo.
Bonne journée.

Hello Horia,
A beautiful and original picture. I like the duck tandem drafting in calm waters; wave, light and your POV makes a great composition.

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