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Mallard duck water landing

Mallard duck  water landing
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Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon Coolpix P60, NiKKOR 5X OPTICAL ZOOM VR
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-23 15:26
Viewed: 4476
Points: 32
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hello friend today i have done some excellent
mallard ducks in-flight and water landing shots,
as i wrote in my previous postings, since i changed
the focus mode of my P&S camera to infinit
i have nore more problem to put in focus birds in flight

in this image i did a little cropping to get the duck closer
and i am at ISO100, continious shooting mode,
manual mode, i choose the shutter speed and aperture

from Ohio Division of Wildlife website :


« The mallard is a large duck with a stocky body.
It is readily identified by its highly iridescent green head,
white neck ring, and the blue-violet iridescent speculum,
or wing patch that is bordered with black and white stripes.
It has a whitish tail extending from a glossy black rump;
its tail feathers curl up at the tip of its tail. The body is
a mixture of chestnut brown and gray feathers. Its bill is
yellow and feet are orange. In flight, there is a flash of white
in its underwings. As with most ducks, the female of this species
has a drab appearance compared to the male. The female mallard
is a uniform light brown, but has the distinctive speculum identical
to the male’s on its wings.

The mallard is found throughout the Northern Hemisphere,
including all of North America, the Arctic, and the subtropics. »



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Hi Asbed
This is a nice action shot of a Mallard. I love the reflection in the water as he is coming in for a landing. The reflection of the sky in water if fantastic. The colours are so rich. Well done.
TFS Janice

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-23 16:07]

Hi Asbed,

A great action shot as this Mallard skids in for a landing. Love the trail, the raised wings and the marvelous reflection. Wonderful colors and details. I think this is the best one yet!



Your perseverance for flight shots with a Point and Shoot camera is one of a kind! These are NOT easy shots and you've managed very good results. Impressive. I really hope you'll get yourself a DSLR. The same shots would look a lot better - sometimes, nothing can serve as substitute for good equipment. (in your case, I think I'd help quite a bit - I've done quite a few in-flights and know how difficult it must be with a PS camera)
Otherwise, great work. I particularly like the reflection in this shot - its mirror like. Well done.

Best Regards,


You are on a duck binge...Le' or La' Canard man of TN...and still working...This is the time for them to still be flying, taking off and landing...not being shot by hunters..It is a time for that here in the US.Well caught Asbed...as always!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-23 22:03]

Hi Asbed

A lovely shot - great pose with really nice lighting and colour.


hi Asbed,
You'll go on with the ducks, I think you have them in lots ofdifferent positions.
This one just on time to landing in the water with beautiful landing waves and drops, good captured.


Ciao Asbed,
bellissimo momento di cattura, ottima composizione di grande dinamismo e con uno splendido riflesso, molto buona la definizione ottenuta con una fotocamera non facile per questi risultati, belli i colori.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-23 23:59]

Hi Asbed.
Superb action picture with crisp sharp details. Amazing DOF and timing as well as wonderful rich colours. Bravo and best wishes.

Bonjour Asbed
Quelle belle image, j'aime la composition et la reflexion dans ce miroir bleu.. et sans bruit cette fois!

Hi My dear friend Asbed,
Another funny and lovely shot of your favorite subject. Great reflections and details in this one. Perfect!
Well done my friend!
Greetings from Cyprus,
All the best!


Hi Asbed,
Excellent photo of this Mallard Duck landing. Great POV and composition, sharp details and very beautiful colours.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-24 14:31]

Bonjour Asbed! On dirait qu'il se pose sur un miroir! Bel effet impressionnant, bravo!


Hi Asbed. Well timed capture of the landing mallard. The trail is very well captured in fine reflection and color. Regards. Jusni

Hello Asbed

A perfect landing.
Excellent clarity and colour.
The lighting is very good.
Rich,deep colour saturation.
A lovely composition.


Hi Asbed,

The reflections in the water are assets to the composition. The point of view is showing the landing of the mallard duck on the water. The details and colors of the action are clear and precise. The light has a good effect on the colors. Well done, have a nice day.


Hi Asbed, wonderful landing with splendid colors and fantastic reflections, superb composition, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-10-29 12:58]

Hi Asbed.

great capture, very nice exposure, colors and sharpness,good costrast and excellent composition,good note.


PD. smiley p. later,today no more.

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