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Drake of Mandarine - Symphony of colors

Drake of Mandarine - Symphony of colors
Photo Information
Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Aquatic Birds - Aves Acuáticas, Birds of Europe, Ducks II, Exotic Ducks Of The World, Birds of World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-01 3:48
Viewed: 7464
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A man should hear a little music, read a little
poetry and see a fine picture every day of his life,
in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the
sense of beautiful which God has implanted in the
human soul.

Johannes Wolfgang von Goethe (1742 - 1832)

Technical notes:

Subject: A drake Mandarin duck (Aix galericulata)
Place: village of Sanmartin de Beius, nearby my hometown
Country: Romania
Camera : Nikon CP 8800
Lens : f89.00 mm(digital) incorporated
Resolution : 5 mpg.
File : TIF (original, then jpeg)
Speed : 1/12.5
Aperture : F5.2
Focus: AF
EV : -0.0
ISO : 100
Mode : P
Saturation: +1
WB: sunny
Metering : center weighted
Lightning: natural outdoors, uncontrolled
Xtras : Nikon VR stabilizer on
Flash: none
Support : Handheld
Additional note*: Why is this superb duck called mandarine ? Because it is an endemic animal specific to China and it inspired the European travelers to call it that way after observing the local Chinese nobility, the mandarines, that carried themselves with grace and always fancied colorful silks and their hairstyle resembled the ducks mullet. They are also observed in the forests and lakes of Siberia and Japan. Its particular beauty made European travelers spread it and breed it all over the Old World via England, I believe - Radu F.

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Very nice shot, good details and vivid colours, even if too saturated IMO.
Well done.

Superbe photo, les couleurs sont vraiment magnifiques.
Felicitations !

Very beautiful shot of my favourite exotic waterfowl. You have given a wonderful view of this beautiful duck. I love the wording in your note. Top work. Thanks

Well done.. nice DOF and interesting POV, almost from the rear..
Good note too.
I like your little lizard signature

Very nice picture, Radu.
Great colours, well composed and good details.
Good and interesting note too.
Excellent work.

Superb shot Radu!
It is almost perfect.
I love the beautiful colours and superb light spots in BG. Great details and POV.
I don't really like photos of ducks, but this Mandarynka looks so beautiful, that I can make exception and say that I like the photo very much ;-)
Very well done!

Great shot Radu,
Well composed, wonderful colours and details.
Thanks for posting

Not much of a duck person myself but one cannot ignore the wonderful colour and beauty of the Mandarin and your shot has does that beauty justice. The background complements it too I think. I also liked the poetry in the description, very true!


  • Great 
  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-06-01 15:50]

Hi Radu,
Great shot. Very nice colors and details. Focus a bit soft at the head IMO. Very nice BG.
Well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-06-01 21:26]

Absolutely stunning, Radu. That is a gorgeous shot of this beautiful duck. I like the way it is all fluffed up, exposing all the feathers and their colors. Your photo certainly reminds us of the sense of beauty which God has implanted in our soul. Thank you. : )

Hello Radu!
Superb, colorful photo. You are in the duck club, too?
great pose!!!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-02 3:38]

Belle composition photographique bien réalisée pour ce canard. Très jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
A beautiful duck with great colors ! Interesting & well done shot !

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-06-03 6:17]
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great duck! cand reusesti sa vezi atatea locuri? globul nu e prea mic pentru tine? am impresia ca ti-ai facut un tatuaj cu soparla!?

Composition: 4/5
Sharpness: 5/5
Color: 5/5
DOF: 5/5
POV: 4/5
In a friendly way Christophe

Very nice model and shot. Excellent details and colors in this capture.
Well done. Congratulations Aga

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  • Facsi (28)
  • [2006-05-09 4:57]

Very nice shot, living colors - congratulation!
Good sharpness and contrast, I like it so much.
I like your sign at the right-bottom :)

what a beautiful Duck, wow, love the way you've captured his colors and the framing is really nice as well. TFS

Fantastique ! Merci.
Peut-être la prochaine fois STP coupe lui pas la queue HI !
Amicalement. Patrick

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