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Winter Light *300TH POST!!!!*

Winter Light *300TH POST!!!!*
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Digital ISO-100, Kenko 58mm UV filter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-26 2:04
Viewed: 2862
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I've just realised that this is my 300th post here on TN!! Woah time flies when you're having fun!! :)

There was amazing golden winter light when I took this (hence the title!).
This was taken with my Canon S3 IS as they were way beyond the reach of my 18-55mm lens!
I've gone a bit Mallard crazy recently... I hope you aren't bored of them!

Latin name: Anas platyrhynchos

Size: Grow to around 55cms in length.

Distribution: Throughout the UK.

Months seen: All year round.

Habitat: Ponds, lakes, rivers and reservoirs.

Food: Aquatic plants and insects.

Special features: This is one of the commonest ducks in Britain. In urban parks they are quite tame, and will take bread from the hand. In rural areas they are a little more shy. Mallards have a habit of feeding with their tails in the air and their heads under the water. This is called up-ending, or dabbling.

The male (top) has a yellow bill, an iridescent green head, a white collar and chestnut brown breast.

The female (bottom) is speckled brown all over with a blue wing patch. The bill is an orange-brown colour. The chicks, which are born in April and May, are coloured yellow and brown.

It's possible you may spot one of the many hybrid mallards. They look like a mallard, but with subtle differences. These are the result of years of domestication and cross-breeding.


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Hola Joe,
realmente hermoso,
bella luz,
excelente pov. y composición.
perfecto foco.

Hi Joe,
A beautiful capture of this couple of mallards. Nice composition with excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-26 3:04]

Hi Joe

I particularly like the strong yellow side light in this shot, combined with the pose of the two mallards. Well seen.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-26 3:39]

Hello Joe,
I don't believe it - you've actually had some sunshine!! Send it over here please! These two certainly seem to enjoy it. Great shot with both sharply in focus in a fine composition and with nice reflections in the water. I like the reflections of the reeds in the background too and details and colours are wonderful. Well done!
(I don't know why we don't eat them as there are masses of them everywhere!)
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-26 4:17]

I Like a lot this way to show the ducks,very great colours and nice refelction,great work,thanks fro share,Luciano

The reflections are almost an additional bonus...but the birds themselves are so clearly in focus and coloured so well...and two of them...I never get Mallard Crazy. I was just dusting off some things my father had carved and this was his best works...Very nice Joey!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-26 5:24]

Hi Joe . Congratulations. A nice close up of the Malards good warm colours and fine detail.a good pose on the log with the refections in the water. well done TFS.

Congrats, Joey! Well done and great light on these Mallards!
Cheers, Klaus

Hi Joe,
A nice capture a couple of Mallard (in Turkish Yesilbas Ördek-"Green Headed Duck). TFS friend,

hello joe,
congratulations on posting your 300 shots and i hope to see another 300 shots from you here ar TN, this one is a nice shot for the ocassion, looks like the birds are smiling at you, i liked the effect of natural light , the reflections and the eye contact,
well done,
tfs & regards

Aaah, this photo looks like the oil paintings of the old masters Joe, the same soft illumination and warm tones. Perfect composition.
Best regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-26 7:33]

Hello Joe, congratulations on that achievement ! What a great portrait of this beautiful couple ! The pose is fantastic, the details are very sharp and the light is just awesome, very well done my friend ! To 300 more ! Thanks,


Hi Joe,
Excellent natural light. Nice composition. Lovely couple.
Well done
Nice weekend.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-26 8:35]

Hi Joe,

Congratulations on your 300th! A wonderful post of this couple to celebrate. It's so nice seeing the male and female together like this. Excellent poses, colors, details and setting. The fantastic reflections are a bonus.


Hello Joe,
My heartiest congratulation on your 300th!
pressing for time now, going out of city for some photographing
see you later
best regards

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-01-26 11:52]

Hello Joe,

Very nice picture of this couple of mallards. Very good composition. Good focus. Nice light and colours.
Congrats with your 300th.

Hi Joe,

Congratulations on your 300th post
beautiful compo with great sharpnes and colors
lovely reflection

TFS Thijs

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-26 12:46]

Hi Joe

300 posts is quite a mile stone. Congratulations! Lovely shot of this pair enjoying that wonderful light. I love the way it is catching the feathers and bringing out the details and colours



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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-26 14:32]

Hello Joe,
First congratulations on your 300th posting an excellent gallery my friend. This image has amazing lighting and the details and colors captured are fabulous, thanks Joe.

Bonita composición Joe.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

Hi Joe,
Congrats on this milestone and fine composition.
The dramatic lighting has worked wonders here to show the birds colors and reflections with beauty. Well done.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-26 23:34]

Hi Joe,
Appreciate and like this wonderful shot from you. Out of town, hence doing a short job. Sorry friend.

300!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW! I haven't hit 200 yet. ha ha
Wonderful shot too! Very well focused/sharp, great light and color. Interesting composition. Well done! And congratulations!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-01-27 6:59]

Congratulations Joe ,with youre 300 "e post , This is a nice shot good light colours sharpnes reflectie and compositie , tfs Greetings Teunie .

Hi Joe,
Superbe composition et couleurs magnifiques avec beaucoup de netteté.

Your Mallard pictures are always a joy to behold, Joe.
This picture is exceptionally beautiful in view of the advantage you have taken of the winter light. The birds simply glow in this light.
I also like their reflections on water. You have chosen a really fantastic POV.
Well done with your simple camera and TFS.

PS: Congratulations on your 300th post! You are, happily, a prolific TN enthusiast.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-28 10:02]

Hi Joe.
I am a bit late with my heart greetings. I congratulate you on o significant event in your and TN life. Your amazing pictures have beautify out gallery, your comments warm our heats. Bravo, my friend.

Your 300th post is amazing as previous works. I like this true wild impressive scene, its blameless composition, terrific sharpness of the image, impressive lights and shadows. Perfect job from superb Joe.

Congrats Joe, It's been a pleasure viewing your shots mf.
This is a unique capture, the perfect post to mark the 300th :)

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