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Pretty Carolina

Pretty Carolina
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-24 5:25
Viewed: 3755
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Carolina Wood Duck

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Wood Duck or Carolina Duck, Aix sponsa
is a medium-sized perching duck.

A typical adult is about 19 inches in length with an average wingspan of 29 inches. This is about three-quarters of the length of an adult Mallard. It shares its genus with the Asian Mandarin Duck.

The adult male has distinctive multi-colored iridescent plumage and red eyes.

This is the female; she is less colorful, and has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads. When swimming, wood ducks bob their head back and forth in a jerking motion, which makes them easy to spot.

This beauty was at the Ngatea Water Gardens.

cicindela, uleko, JoseMiguel, jaycee, anel, wuta, dew77, Silke has marked this note useful
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It is indeed pretty. I love the hair do of this bird.

Murali Santhanam

Charmant maintien et oeil bien vif.
Bonne journée.

Czesc Janice!
What an interesting duck! I have never seen species like this one. Maybe not very colourful but still very nice :)
Good details and POV, I like a note too.
Best greetings,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-24 7:05]

Hello Janice,
Nice capture of this beautiful little duck. Good focus and sharp details of the head and nice colours. Personally I would have liked more space in front of him.
TFS and regards, Ulla

bonjour janice
un joli portrait de cette petite canne,le male est plus coloré mais je trouve cette photo reussie.
bien vu.

The depth of field is a bit shallow, Janice.
That is my only nit. Otherwise very good compo and colors...
Beautiful Carolina:}

Cześc Janice,
Fajny i zabawny portret małej kaczuszki, fajny kadr i niezła ostrośc.

Regards from Poland - BratAni

Hi Janice,
Beautiful portrait of this little buddie!
I like so much the close approach and the pose you catched.
Details got on the feathers are so good, the same as in the beak.
I like so much the beautiful colors on the feathers and the contrast it makes with the green background.
Very good the way you composed the picture.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-24 11:48]

Hi Janice,

What a face! Marvelous close-up of this duck.



Hi Janice
great portrait with perfect sharpness of this cute duck!
good light and colours

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-24 13:29]

Hallo Janice,
This little duck is indeed pretty and so cute. Excellent portrait of this, probably young creature. I never had seen it before.
Best regards

Janice what a cute shot! great close up of this beautiful duck! TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-24 23:04]

Hello Janice

A lovely portrait of this lady.Very nice details in the plumage and especially the head and eye.The colours appear very natural.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-25 3:33]

This one is a beaut, Janice.
I love the white ring around the eye found amongst some female ducks. I find that very distinguished. : )
Excellent details and light and exposure on this duck head.
I like your crop and the DOF.
TFS. : )

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-02-25 5:11]

Hello Janice , Lovely shot and beast , good compositie colours details ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-25 7:30]

Hello Janice,
Beautiful lady.Well caught,framed and composed.POV,clear eyes and blurred BG are also excellent.Have a great sunday!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-25 9:16]

this is a delightful capture, Janice!
Superb composition and colours, nicely oof BG

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-26 8:53]

Excelente captura Janice con agradable composición a partir del correcto punto de vista y encuadre elegidos.
El acotado DOF permite el foco adecuado y una apropiada difusión del trasfondo realzando el primer plano de la escena.
Suaves colores y controlada iluminación completan otra interesante entrega.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Excellent capture Janice with pleasant composition starting from the correct point of view and chosen framing.
Enclosed DOF allows the appropriate focus and an suitable diffusion of the background enhancing the forefront of the scene.
Soft colors and controlled lighting complete another interesting post.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

Hi Janice,

A very nice head shot of this wood duck. A little soft but still a great shot. I would have gone for a higher setting for the aperature, trying to achieve more depth on your subject. :)

Hi Janice,
Awww, she is sooo cute! Her face is so sweet. Lovely details, colours and textures, especially in the feathers. The wood duck stands out nicely from the green background. Well done!

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