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Common Pochard (male, breeding season)

Common Pochard (male, breeding season)
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Copyright: Philippe Baudet (phibau) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 1 N: 93] (601)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 80-200mm L f2.8
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-02-12 14:44
Viewed: 4544
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
It is a diving duck, very common in Europe, the largest populations living in Eastern Europe.
The interesting feature of this species is that the male takes during the breeding season different colors and obviously much brighter than the rest of the year. The head gets very warm brown, while the plumage of the back becomes light gray with finely drawn geometric patterns that I find almost hypnotic.
For documentary purpose I put a zoom of the plumage in the workshop for those interested.

About the technique, the framing is a bit too offset because I wanted to keep the concentric circles that the duck had made ​​in water. I was too concentrated on the plumage of the back and the head is a little outside the zone of sharpness.

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Hi Phillippe
You were close when you took this photo. He was trusting staying in this relaxed pose for you. Great composition with sharp detail super colour.
Thanks for sharing
Bets regards

Hello Phillippe,
Beautiful pose and captured with great details and clarity of its plumage.
TFS and my regards,

Hello Phillippe,
Beautiful picture of this Duck.Even you got eye contact(If you look carefully).I like its sharpness with natural colour.
Well done.Thanks for sharing in TN,
Kind regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-13 2:46]

Salut Philippe,une tres jolie capture decetree' et avec des details impressionants,excellente exposition et couleurs aussi.Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-02-14 2:19]

Bonjour Philippe,
Une image de grande finesse! J'aime le cadrage choisi aunsi que les couleurs naturelles. La présentation décentrée est parfaite, la pose du Pochard belle et l'ensemble est très homogène. Bravo!

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