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Where we are going we don't need roads!

Where we are going we don't need roads!
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Copyright: Pieter van der Horst (sAner) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma AF 100-300/f4.0 EX APO
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Flying images, Ducks II, Movie Oneliners [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-03 12:47
Viewed: 6017
Points: 47
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First I would like to apologise to the flying duckmasters on TN; Gert and Philip. My flying mallard can't even stand in the shade of your awesome pictures! And you already closed the season! Can you forgive me this post? ;)

Today I started a new theme and it's called: "Movie oneliners". Everyone is invited to participate! Almost every movie has at least 1 oneliner and some nature photos will remind you of such a oneliner. When I was a kid and when they first came out I really enjoyed the three Back to the Future movies. I still like them a lot. At the end of the first movie, Doc Brown arrives at Marty's place with the Delorean. Doc tells Marty they will have to go to the Future because something is terribly wrong. Marty doesn't know that the Delorean can now fly and he tells Doc; "we can't make 88 miles per hour here, the road is too short!" Doc Brown answers: "Roads?! Where we are going we don't need roads!".

I think you know enough about Mallards by now, don't you? ;) Well, here's one more detail: Apparantly they can fly!

Please give me your honest criticism. I am here to learn and I can really handle constructive criticism.

Fisher, red45, carper, Runnerduck, Janice, marhowie, Luc, Comandante, gerhardt, PDP, scottevers7, liquidsunshine has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To olger: nog niet!sAner 1 04-04 15:26
To flagman: focal length was 300mmsAner 1 04-04 12:24
To Callie: Hiya Callie!sAner 1 04-03 16:28
To ellis49: Thank you Gert!sAner 3 04-03 14:29
To carper: Bedankt Jaap!sAner 1 04-03 14:03
To Fisher: Thanks for your comments and the WS!sAner 1 04-03 13:35
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When I get my "Golden eye," developed, I think it will be about the same size as this when I used my Canon EOS Elan 100-300mm a week ago.

Excelent capture and well done on the positioning of the duck.

How much more can we be constructive, you used a 100-300mm telephoto, this is the best you will get out of it because it's not a super telephoto.
Cropping the image with less blue maybe, but that might take away the quality it's at now.
No complaints and why look for something wrong?

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  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2005-04-03 13:12]

Well I can only dream to get a picture of this kind of duck, you see there aren't a lot of mallard duck's in Israel or at least I haven't saw one.
And I dont have the equipment to get a picture of this duck, so I started to photograph insects and now I cant even think of stopping!
This is a great capture!!


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-03 13:12]

Great story Pieter! I also like Back to the Future series, especially part 3 which reminds me ZZTop and old good times when I was in my secondary school. I will participate in your new them if I find something worth to post there. Your picture of duck is quite good - it isn't easy to take shot of this flying beast ;-)

Very good Pieter.
It's a very good flight-in for a start, you maybe have wait tills they come closer. It's difficult to pan with a longer lens. Remember the lens is 160-480 mm in your DSRL.
I think you manage very well.

Hey Pieter :-)))
Your duck is free now! Superb photo!

Pieter ik ben eerslijk tegen je.
Het is een eend, hij is in focus, erg goed zelfs en hij viegt in de lucht en je hebt hem er duidelijk op staan. Geen wereld foto, maar well een goede capture voor een vliegend beest.
gr. Jaap

I never knew that .... (lol).
An excellent capture, great open composition, lots of room for flying!
You have still managed to keep all the amazing colours, brilliant.
Well done.

Hi Pieter
Congrats, when did the new bay arrive? I missed it before. Hope you have loads of fun with this new toy.
Ok, difficult one this. 1 - rotate horizontally. 2 crop severly, get image bigger in frame. 3 work on shadows, too dark below. 4 image too small to really give an opinion on the quality % you said it, look at Gert and Philip, and their DD's
I a friendly way, because you ask.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-03 16:16]

Nice shot Pieter. Coming to land like a Concorde (used to)! Lovely blue sky, but too much of it. I think I'd have cropped a lot off. But I haven't managed a flying one yet!
All your mallard ducks are in full colour, whereas over here the young males are strange colours, waiting for spring to arrive in 5 months!
Okay! I see the new camera. Congratulations!!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-03 16:28]

These shots are very difficult and you managed well. A closer crop would have added more impact. Well done and thanks for posting

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-04-03 19:03]

J'ai la chance chez moi d'être en hauteur à 25 pieds du niveau de la rivière, donc les canards passe au vol plus près de moi. Ça me facilite un peut les choses. J'aime bien votre photo aussi, l'éclairage est très bien et l'espace laissé devant donne une gradeur à la photo.

Merci et bonne journée

Nice shot Pieter, Although somewhat out of your range, you've stopped the action very well and the image has good sharpness and color..Well done!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-03 22:00]

Pieter, this is the best you could reach through the equipment you had at the moment. Therefore, no complaints.

I like the image, and I know they're difficult to capture.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-03 22:35]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent. There is enouph space to move ;-)
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: great.
Thanks Pieter. On my wishing list.

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  • olger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 138] (744)
  • [2005-04-04 3:27]
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Hoi Pieter, je hebt je fuji aan de wilgen gehangen? Mooie nieuwe spullen geven ruimte tot nieuwe dimenties! Je eend staat er op.. en scherp..! Maar het mag wel iets spannender en dichterbij.. Heb je met AI Servo geschoten? Dat zit gelukkig wel op de nieuwe 350D! Ik denk dat je binnenkort wel een closer shot zult schieten! Succes!

Wonderful action shot!
Good composition,may be it would be better if you
cropped a little from the front side!
Superb job!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-04 4:35]

Pieter, you cought a flying mallard! I think taking photo of flying things are really hard.And you have a new camera which means you'll need a time to get used to it.So congratulations for the shot.Maybe a little crop would be better but in this way he's free to to go anywhere:)Thanks for sharing...

Pieter, nice new toy. I like the theme too. The composition is a bit "empty". A larger duck or smaller frame would have helped. Remember the eye rests on the right... most of the times and in this compo I think a rotation would help to improve the compo. I think the details and colors given your distance from the subject is fine. Well done.

Nice in-flight capture, IMO a closer view would have been better, there is a lot of empty space.
Well done.

Lovely quality, Pieter, you can just tell straight away it's a good lens.
Criticisms, though, even from me!:
I think it would have made a more dramatic picture if you'd shot the duck when his wings were up, not down. A bit small, what focal length was it? You should always quote that anyway. I'll give you 2 points anyway, as you moaned at me last time! :)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-04 15:36]

Very nice shot Pieter, it's a ncie detailed shot and the composition is good although very spacious. Good shot.

Pieter, maybe could be a bit larger in the frame, but everything else about the capture is great...Excellent stop action..

OK, honest, as You wish... I like it's idea... going.. I'm not sure if they are still migrating.. ? Even not, I like this composition, almost classic composition :)

Nice post Pieter,
I like your idea for the new theme, I'll have to get a shot for it.
The mallard is still very well detailed, with good colours. This is probably helped by the nice blue sky.
Well captured. Thanks for posting.

(Pulp Fiction) Which one is your wallet......... (maybe I won't try that one!!)

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