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A Couple of Mallards for my Father

A Couple of Mallards for my Father
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-31
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-01 15:06
Viewed: 2748
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge where the Cheney Trailhead meets the Columbia Plateau Rail Trail. I was out by myself and carried some heavy gear and a large tripod. A good walk for me but no cell service so I had to do it quickly. There is some apprehension when neither my nor that of my wife have good health and this is in a place which is not frequented much.

These are of Course a male and female mallard duck. they were my fathers favorite and mine as well. I have several wooden carving which my father did in his workshop. Dad was a computer specialist for many years with the Department of Defense, but had his long time hobbies since a child in the early 1900's...he was a true naturalist...and he could tell most any bird by its call..even the most rare..he was my guide and my Scout Leader as well as leader to the whole NorthEast Ohio Scouting program.

I think of my father today as I post these images..Dad would be 96 years old if he were alive today but he has been gone for over a decade. I still retain many of his photos and his widely written notes which he kept extensively...

So to Dad!
Canon HG 10
Tripod Mount 300mm

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-04-01 16:08]

Hi Bob.
Nice photos of this Mallars Ducks. Reading Your note, some times it also happens to me, becouse how can we forget such a good all friends like our fathers.
TFS Bob.

hello Bob

beautiful dedication to your Dad, and 2 beautiful photos
of the wonderful couple of Mallards, i love both photos
with the mallards in different poses, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-04-01 23:44]

Hello Bob,
A wonderful tribute to your Dad. It sounds like he was quite a man, and handed down many of his attributes to his son.
You show two very beautiful mallards, I'm sure he would have loved this photo. TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-04-02 0:30]

Hello Bob,
A very touching dedication to your dad. I'm sure he would have loved these natural pictures. Interesting to show them in two pictures, resting and walking. I like especially the upper composition with the tree-trunk at left giving depth to the picture. I'm so happy to have still my parents and in good health.

Hi Bob,

Wonderful dedication to a very special person, I too lost my Dad to cancer severial years ago really wish he was still around, I miss him alot, photographer all is life. Often wonder what he would think of the digital enviorment very old school never used a light meter but always got the shot.

Cheers Rick :)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-04-02 9:42]

Hello Bob, Dad always Dad and I am sure he will be seeing you from whereever he is. Good dedication and nice shot. Ganesh

Namastay Bob,
A nice collage presentation of this couple of mallard ducks. Very good dedication too. Sharp details and good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hello Bob,
Very nice photographic dedication to your father. I like the birds in american wilderness walking totally free of fear & not scared of human approximity. I do appreciate your nice sentiments towards your father, a true naturalist :) TFS

Ciao Bob lovely dedication to your dead father, great collage with lovely couple of mallards, good light and colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-02 12:15]

Hi Bob. A nice one for your dad i am sure he would have love them. They are both good pictures showing the pair. With good detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-02 16:01]

Hi Bob,very nice collage ,surely not a great scoop but a beautiful couple of perfect pic,a nice souvenir for daddy....he see you and this mallards from the paradise! My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hi Bob,

The reflections in the water are assets to the composition. The point of view is allowing us to see the details and colors of the mallard ducks. The quality of the light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


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