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Copyright: Colin McQueen (McQueenca) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 11 N: 226] (1387)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-31 5:28
Viewed: 1990
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is area of my photography I would really like to improve. I would like say this site has given me inspiration and some good tips. Catching a bird in flight and creating a great image is very exciting for me. Critiques are welcome.

I captured this image at Pigeon Lake Alberta

The image is taken with a 300mm lens with a 1.4x extender. I was using a Monopod for this shot. This image was cropped and lightened a bit.

Mallard Duck ( Anas platyrhynchos)

The Mallard has a large range, estimated globally at 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. They have been introduced to New Zealand and Australia. Their global population is estimated at 30,000,000.

In North America the Mallard migrates to all parts of Canada and Alaska in the summer. They live in the USA year round and winter in the southern States and Mexico.
Preferred habitats include ponds, lakes, marshes, rivers, bays, ditches, and city ponds.

The Mallard is the ancestor of all domestic duck breeds except the Muscovy Duck
They frequently breed with domestic ducks, producing a large variety of patterns and colours. They also hybridize with wild species such as the closely related American Black Duck and even occasionally with Northern Pintails.

Source I Bird Canada

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-12-31 7:12]

Hello Colin,
Another excellent photo. Great sharpness, details and nice natural colours. Attractive pose and composition.
Best wishes for the New Year to you and your family.

Hello Colin
Wish You a Happy Prosperous New Year 2013
great in-flight picture of this Mallard.
best wishes,

Hello Colin

Excellent close-up in-flight of the Mallard Duck
in a dynamic flight pose, excellent focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS

Happy & Healthy New Year 2013.


Hello Colin,
Nice in-flight capture with great details.
Happy New Year to you and your family.
With regards,

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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2012-12-31 19:08]

Hello Colin,
Good in flight capture which is not always easy. Good POV. TFS

Nice flight shot.
Not an easy task.
I feel the f9 aperture slows down shutter speed and adds blur.
Try with lower f-value for more sharpness.

Ciao Colin, great capture of lovely in-flight mallard, may be better with more sharpness, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, Happy New Year 2013, ciao Silvio

Hi Colin,
I think this is a good attempt for an in-flight shot of a mallard drake.
The drake is in a nice pose.
You can add a small dose of sharpen and maybe some contrast and remove the blue cast. The softness is not because of the aperture and the the shutter speed, 1/1600 is enough to freeze the duck even if they are very fast, I sometime use 1/500 to get the wing-tips in a nice motion blur.
You can try the link on my intro and see some of my ducks I had posted on TN in the past.
I think it is a nice picture.
Best Regards

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