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Mallard Portrait

Mallard Portrait
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Copyright: Mish PM (Finland_in_Eton) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 23 N: 225] (876)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-14 9:44
Viewed: 3224
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Mallard Drake is on The Thames at Eton. I like the contrast of colors on the head, chest and bill, with that white ring breaking things up. Cropped for composition, I used unsharp mask to remove haze, and cleaned up a bit of river foam from the background by cloning. Used the clarify tool at minimum setting and added a matt... at which I am not very good, having no idea of what sort of dimensions to use, so I go by what seems reasonable to my eye...picked the color for the matt out of the duck's plummage. I used Paint Shop Pro Photo XI.

The bird in this photo is an example of a Mallard drake in breeding plummage. Pairs are formed only at the beginning of the breeding season; the male leaves the female as soon as eggs are produced.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-03-14 9:48]
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Beautiful picture I love the colors and the sharpness of this photograph.Perhaps I would have like to see a bit more room on the left side of the head of that beautiful bird.
Michel TFS

I am agree with MMM, it is very nice portrait

Hi Michele
a nice portrait of the Mallard Drake.
It's a bit tight and I prefer a lower POV.
The colours are nice and the detials are fine.
Well done.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-14 14:47]

Hi Michele,

A nice picture with a tight crop,I like it TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-14 21:35]

Hi Michele,
Amazing colors and details you have captured here in this very nice closeup. Your post production work was very effective, thanks for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-03-15 7:26]

Dear Aton,
Great shot

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-03-15 16:06]

Wonderful details and light on your mallard. Those green feathers are wonderful. Great catchlight in the eye. I like the tight framing as well



Hello Mish, fine portrait of the Mallard details look good sharp eye detail good focus. rgds Necip.

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