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Flaps Down, Gear Down

Flaps Down, Gear Down
Photo Information
Copyright: Bill Houghton (poppygan59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 344] (2516)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark 111, Canon EF300mm 4/L IS, Skylight
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/750 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-20 3:04
Viewed: 2985
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These two Mallard Drakes coming in for a landing on a cold Winter morning.
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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-20 3:27]

Hello Bill,
A photo in very beautiful clear colours. Good sharpness, OOF BG and composition. Excellent timing.

perfect timing, colour and composition with great sharpness.

Ciao Bill, fantastic double capture of flying mallards in nice symmetryc pose, splendid sharpness, beautiful blurry BG, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

very impressive! Congruatulations,Bill, that is a really good capture! Altough the image is a litlle bit sharp..the colours and the contrast are very good!

Hello Bill,
What a splendid photo with exceptional details.
Absolutely amazing colors and exceptional clarity.
The light and exposure are perfect as usual.
Lovely flying ducks.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-01-20 7:00]

Hello Bill,
beautiful composition with great timing and excellent sharpness; wonderful colours and perfect contrast with a blurred background. Great visual impact! Well done!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2012-01-20 7:56]

Hello Bill

I like the symetrical pose and colours here.

Best wishes


The photo shows the beauty of these ducks with the wings open. Perfectly poised in mid-air with excellent detail, background and light.
regards yiannis

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-20 8:46]

Hello Bill.
Excellent in-flight shot the frozen action is perfect, stunning colours, and superb detail.Best regards Siggi

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-01-20 10:14]

Absolutely beautiful!W-o-w !!! This is fabulous dear Bill! great shot with lovely detail, great sharpness and beautiful BG. the colors of these ducks are outstanding!I love it so much and i am going to put this pic in my favorite list!Thanks for sharing! Well done!
Regards from,

Impressive photo Bill ! The timing, the composition, the colors and the sharpness are excellent.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-20 13:14]

Hi Bill,i wish to make a pic like that one day...for the moment let me drean whit your...fantastic shot!!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-01-20 17:35]

Hello Bill,
Looks like a 3D image. Both Drake mallards were captured in an attractive pose which shows off their beautiful plumages. Love the composition and blurred BG.

almost like a painting, amazing, TFS Ori

Hallo Bill
I agree with Ori, that this image almost looks like a painting. The combination of colours is fabulous, the frozen moment in the air captured brilliantly and the golden sunlight in the backdrop just great. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-21 5:53]

Hello Bill,
this is a lively duo that really attract the eyes. The view is breathtaking and the color is really amazing. The moment is well frozen ans it is such a beauty.
You have composed it so well, so exciting.


Wow... this is an amazing shot, Bill.
Perfect focus with beautiful vibrant colors and stunning silenced background.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Bill,
Very beautiful clear colours, in this beautiful photo of this two felows!!! Good sharpness.
Regards and thak you, Joao Edgar.

It is the same Mallard Drake. Each bird has few distinguishing marks is unique. Even if the birds looks like.


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