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Syncro Common Mergansers

Syncro Common Mergansers
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Copyright: Mike Hodgson (Fisher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 100-300mm zoom USM For sale, 58mm U.V. filter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-09-19 8:01
Viewed: 4046
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A pair of Common Mergansers.
I promised a moonrise, it didn't work out, sorry.

I had to settle with this shot. Originaly, when I first spotted these Mergansers, they were on a rock and the reflection in the water was perfect. Anyhow, I turned the camera on and went for the shot, something went wrong, so, I fumbled my way through and by the time I was reday, they were on their way. Missed.!!!!!
Another day.

This pair is called a "Closed composition" This as you can see is when more then one are close together with no open space between. Some folk like the open, some like the closed. I like both. In this case, the closed composition has an aristic impression, especially the reflection in the water. I was going to upload this one upside down, however, I thought I better not push it. LOL


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Hi Mike
Nice shot.cadre and composition are very well .
Thanks for picture

Hi Mike
Perfect reflexion on the water
Good DOF and colors are good

Hi Mike,
Brilliant shot!
Excellent composition, very sharp and clean image, nice colour, great details.

Wow, this is great! Perfect reflection in the water, which is like glass. The pair work so well in this image, it really makes it.
Excellent pov. A stunning shot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-19 10:36]

Hello Mike!
Wonderful capture.Reflections on water amazing.Crisp clear details,POV,DOF and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-09-19 10:55]

Wooooow ! It is realy a great shot ! The closed birds are so nice and the reflection on calm water is perfect. Congratulations Mike and TFS.

perfact mirror image.I think this is due to speed.

Hi Mike!
I don't have enough time to write a decent comment ;) but the big smiley is, no doubt, well deserved here :)

// Photo looks superb and has perfect "everything". Reflection and composition create exceptional whole //

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-09-19 12:23]

Excellent view withthe reflections. Very good compo and capture. I like it. Well done, Mike.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hi Mike! This lack of wind in Ontario has made for such wonderful photo-ops this summer! Lake like glass, fabulous capture! Even though the sunlight is muted, the detail on the faces is super! Well done! Linda

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  • lucky Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 63 W: 5 N: 14] (84)
  • [2005-09-19 13:00]

Very beautiful shot... Colours sharpness are very good, the composition with the reflection and the calm water is outstanding...
Very well done!

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-09-19 13:12]

Piękne zdjęcie Mike. Świetny kadr, i wspaniała czysta forma. SUPER!!!!!

Great shot, Mike.
The compositionm POV and details are great.
The reflections are more than great. You can turn it up side down and the ducks swimming to the left;-))
Excellent work, friend

Great shot Mike,
Excellent detail, sharpness and composition. The colours and exposure are very good. excellent POV.
Thanks for posting, have a good day

Very good capture Mike with excellent details and good composition. I love the reflections. 7/10 Excellent work.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-09-19 17:49]

Hi Mike
What a beautiful shot. The details are superb as is the reflection.
Well done.
Regards Toni

Excellent work Mike..Really. Thank You!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-09-19 23:02]

Mike, this is really very beautiful. It does look like a painting - and that's very nice.

Excellent composition, texture, pov and sharpness. Lovely catchlights in the eyes.

A perfect picture.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-09-20 3:26]

Great shot, Mike. I like the synch part, and the reflections are superb. Beautiful light and excellent composition. Well done and TFS. : )

Hi Mike

Wow... sensational shot! The reflection is perfect. Beautiful looking birds. Wonderful plumage colour, especially the head. Nice catchlight too. You have really posted a magic photo. That 20D is working just fine! Nice work. Thanks. :-)

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-09-20 7:54]

Good morning Mike,
You did another great shot i like it, Excellent composition very sharp and clean image, nice colour, great details.

Have a nice day,

Excellent pair, perhaps you missed what you wanted but what you got was a very nice shot.
Perfect reflections and nice composition. Great sharpness, well done.

Wooow.. Mike... Excellent shot! Great colours, light, sharpness and details. Brillant reflection. That´s an excellent compostion. Very well done, Congrats!

WONDERFUL! It looks so quiet! The perfect reflection is beautiful. Great colors and excellent details. TFS!

An excellent post, Mike. Only babies on the back of the male are missing ;-) Maybe next Spring!
Until now, I prefer close composition for the web. But for printing it is another thing.
Thank you.

I think this is the best reflection I've ever seen Mike. Congratulations for a great shot!

LOL, uploading it upside down. It probably would have confused me enough that I wouldn't have known the difference. Wonderful sharpness and light. I didn't think they allowed cloning in Canada!

I'm just happy I survived 20 minutes stuck at the top of the Dejavu rollercoaster at Six Flags. The damned maintenance men finally got us down, LOL!!



Love it. The water looks serene, Mike. Excellent.

Hello again Mike!
Wonderful capture.Colors,lighting,reflections on water are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

This photo just jumps off the screen! Very well composed, and I love how the limited DOF just makes the background flow into one color. The fast shutter speed also captered the moment beautifully. Well done!

Mike: you captured a handsome couple about to start their pas de deux. The perfectly still water gave you the perfect reflection. I bet if you had uploaded the photo upside down, not too many people would have noticed it.

P.S. Nice frame too!

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2006-03-26 17:02]

Hi Mike, Really impressive picture perfect syncro and reflection. TFS Donald

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