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Mallard landing on a mirror !

Mallard landing on a mirror !
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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
Theme(s): Reflections [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-29 14:20
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Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
hello dear TN friends, here is another image
of my series of mallard shots landing on the water

this image was shot with my second Nikon P&S
i would say it become my first camera because
actually it is the only camera that i am using,
this image was shot in continuous modes,
it is the second image of that sequence,
i also have the first shot but i will post it later
in the coming days or weeks, photo shot at ISO100

from the Seatlle Audubon Society website :


« Perhaps the most familiar duck in the Northwest, the Mallard
is a large and heavy bird. Males have gray bodies with
chestnut-brown breasts, white collars, iridescent-green heads,
and yellow bills. Females are mottled brown-and-black with
lighter brown heads and necks and yellow bills mottled with black.
They have a black stripe running horizontally through the eye.
Both sexes have orange feet and a blue speculum, or wing-patch,
bordered in white on two sides, best seen in flight. From June
to September, immatures and males, which are then
in non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, look much like females. »



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What a cool capture Ranger friend... composition and POV excellent. Ready to make the big (or not so big) splash he is... :) TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6553 W: 89 N: 15640] (65417)
  • [2008-10-29 15:07]

Hi Asbed,this is surely one of your best pics of this year!And you know that! Ehehehe,perfect moment to take,great details and colors and a beautiful reflection,finally something to different on TN,my best compliments,Luciano

Hi Asbed,
Very good shot of this landing Mallard Duck. Good POV and composition, excellent mirror reflection, sharp details.

Witaj Asbed,
Very good frame, nice colours, perfect moment. Beautiful reflection in water.

However it seems me that photo is sharpened a bit a lot of.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

Hey you got it just mirrored perfectly! That's kind of hard...I have tried...perhaps I ma not as patient...but you obviously are...Tres bien!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-29 19:16]

Hello Asbed,
Fantastic timing with the shutter here Asbed. The reflection is positively excellent as is the whole image. Thank you for sharing.

Nice show. The subject matter of this shot is awesome. But I would have like a little more clarity and details in the picture. Anyways, a great moment to shoot, and beautiful colours. Thanks for sharing.

Hello Asbed

It does look much like a hard mirror surface.
Excellent colours and lighting.
Well composed with very good pose captured.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-10-29 21:17]

Hello Asbed,
Very nice shot of this Mallard landing, very nice shot indeed!
Great colors, you composed it very well.. Well done


Hi Asbed,

good ca[ture and exactly on time to see the Mallard landing into the water.
Very good of details.
nice reflections.


Hi My dear Friend Asbed, Good Morning!
A perfect and lovely capture of this duck landing the water which it became a mirror:) Great reflection indeed.
TFS and have a nice day my friend!


Ciao Asbed,
un'altra bellissima cattura di germano reale che sta planando, eccellenti Momento di cattura e POV. splendida composizione con il riflesso e con dei magnifici colori saturi e contrastati, molto buona anche la definizione.

Bonjour Asbed,
Super timing,juste avant que le miroir se brise !

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-30 19:49]

Asbed, les jours passent et je manque tellement de photos! Je suis ravie par celle-ci, vraiment, c'est trop beau de voir les pattes de ce canard, devant lui, prêtes à fendre l'eau. Quelle vitesse et bon timing tu as eu! Les couleurs sont très belles, la lumière aussi, tout est beau! merci,


Hy Asbed
Perfect title for this picture, and excellent moment...the water is so calm and clear, like a perfect mirror.
Regards, Oana

Hi Asbed,
This is a nice shot of a landing duck, you know me , I love
ducks specially int the air.
The picture is maybe not the best technically but with your
small compact it's great. I know how hard it is to shot ducks in the air with a camera with trigger delay, slow auto focus and a small viewfinder. It would be nice to what you could do with a DSLR without the limits, I know you should do great, you have the eye for this.
About the picture; it's well composed with a fine POV and nice
stop action, The reflection is very nice too.
Best Regards
"Duckman" ;-)

GREAT mirror! What a perfect reflection here! And your shot couldn't have been timed better. WOW! So here's the question...did you know when to click, were you lucky, or did you just click several as the duck came in for a landing?
Just being nosy.

Hello Asbed,
Perfect capture of Mallard on mirror waters just before touch down :) TFS

Ciao Asbed, superb landing on fantastic mirror, wonderful colors, excellent sharpness and good details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Wow!Perfect timing and technique, my dear friend Asbed!
Very well done!

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-11-02 11:15]

Salut Asbed,
Bel approche de ce canard sur le point de se poser. Le reflet miroir est quasi parfait.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-04 9:35]

Hi Asbed.
You continue your impressive series of in-flight bird images wonderfully. I like this shot co much too. Terrific timing and beautifulness of the scene and pictured moment. Excellent technique and tremendous result. Bravo and my congratulations.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-08 10:22]

Hello Asbed,
I missed this while we had internet problems.
This is a great well-timed capture of a Mallard drake about to land on the water. The POV and composition are excellent and the way the reflection mirrors the duck is superb inthis wonderful composition.
Thanks for sharing this beauty and have a good weekend,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-10 17:32]

Hi Asbed,

I missed so many of your great shots but I can't skip over this one. Wow! C'est magnifique! The perfect pose - and what a reflection! Colors and details are wonderful. I love the face, wings and feet. You should be very very happy with this one. I know I would be thrilled if it was mine.


Great catch Asbeb,
The very calm water has helped produce a fine mirror image here, nice POV..
Well done!

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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2008-12-02 18:38]
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Hi Asbed-

Beautiful capture of a dynamic scene. Perhaps my favorite part is what no one else has mentioned- the slight disturbances in the water surface immediately behind the bird. The larger riffle at the right edge appears to be from the downdraft of the previous wingbeat. It even seems like there are slight lines along the flight path after that, made by the air pushed down by the tail feathers. All this is visible only because of the otherwise glassy smoothness. These marks are like a shadow in time of where the bird has just been, similar to the wingtip touch ripples of a loon or cormorant taking off.

You do yourself and the camera an injustice calling it a P&S. This is all I use by choice (Canon S5) and I find it liberating to have all that capability crammed into one compact unit. Far more sophisticated than my old film SLRs, which were definitely not P&S.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful image.


Hi Asbed,

The reflections in the water are assets to the composition. The point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the mallard duck seconds before it landed on the water. The subject is well frame. The light brings out the beauty of the colors. have a nice day.


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