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Bath taking female...

Bath taking female...
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-09-05 3:11
Viewed: 3529
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Photo is taken in the wild. However the beak is very yellow for a female, I still think it is a not a drake.
She was bathing in shallow water.
Thanks for critiques and looking...

The Mallard inhabits most wetlands, including parks, small ponds and rivers, and usually feeds by dabbling for plant food or grazing; there are reports of it eating frogs. It usually nests on a river bank, but not always near water. It is highly gregarious outside of the breeding season and will form large flocks.

A noisy species, the male has a nasal call, the female the "quack" always associated with ducks. (Rogers 2001)

A 29-year-old Mallard has been recorded.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
2/09/2007 17:08:11
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
560,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

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Hi Annick

Very dynamic shot. Nice moment. Good composition. Little overexposures on the head and feathers.

Best wishes

bonjour annick
bien vu ce joli canard, les couleurs sont bien nettes et le BG tres bien flou, beau contraste et bons détails
bravo, bien a toi

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-05 3:55]

Hi Annick,
great effect of the frozen water and spot on exposure. DOF is excellent and good composition too.

Hi Annick,
The water on the ducks back makes this picture different. Well spotted and well taken.

Hello Annick,
This fine image shows very well how waterproof they actually are!
Attractive composition; fine colours & details!
Pablo -

Hi Annick,
Stunning the way the high shutter speed froze the water running over the bird's feathers and from the beak.
You had also a beautiful light, that produces that warms tones all around.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-05 5:18]

Hi Annick,
a great shot of this Mallard.
Sharp with good detail.
I love the water splashing over her back.
Great low-down POV.
Well done,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-05 6:13]

Hi Annick
Very nice composition.I really like the water running all over the duck.Excellent POV and very nice details and colors.I also like the catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-05 7:23]

Hi Annick,
Nice POV, colors, composition and a good eye contact. I liked the water splashes. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Annick,
you have captured a nice action of the bathing duck,
the water look good on her back.
Well composed with good POV, only nit same parts are slightly OE.
Well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-05 7:59]

Hello Annick,
Great capture of this duck having a really good soak! I like the focus on the eye and the light bringing out the colours. Very nice watery effects too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Annick,
Interesting shot of the duck with the water caught on her back.
Good focus detail, low POV, and DOF.
I agree with others about some parts a bit bright.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-05 10:27]

Hi Annick,
Wonderful shot and you have freezed the moment prefectly. The dripping waters from the Mallard's body and bill and the ripples in the water presents a fantastic effect. Superb lighting and a great POV to portray this scene. Very nicely composed too. Kudos.

bonjour Annick

superbe photo de ce canard prise au bon moment
c'est une photo de mouvement comme je les aimes
j'aimes également cette teinte de bleu qu'il y a
dans le backround supérieure de l'image



Hi Annick, Stunning detail on this image, I love how you have captured the water effect, just enough to show the motion of the bird bathing, very nice work tfs Cheers Rick :)

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