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Biiiig Stretch :-)

Biiiig Stretch :-)
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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: 2008-11-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-800, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Anatidae photos -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-03 5:35
Viewed: 3177
Points: 40
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Here's a pretty Mallard drake stretching after a wash :-)

Not the best of shots but I'm running low on shots to post... my Canon 100-400mm lens has been sent off for repair and my camera body is going with it (though I'm not sure why the company needs the body if it's just the lens that needs repairing!).

I hope you like it!

Argus, eqshannon, siggi, horia, Heaven, boreocypriensis, marhowie, CeltickRanger, jaycee has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Silvio2006: :-)joey 1 12-08 01:46
To marhowie: Hi Howard!joey 1 12-04 02:34
To horia: How the lens broke :-$joey 1 12-04 02:32
To pekkavalo1: No gearjoey 1 12-04 02:20
To Evelynn: Camera and ISOjoey 1 12-04 02:18
To ellis49: Lensjoey 1 12-04 02:15
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Hi Joe
Sorry to hear you have had to lose your treasured lens and body. Hope it comes back from repair soon. The details are good for an ISO of 800 but there is a little noise around the blur of the wings. Very nice colours on the head feathers.
Kind Regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-03 6:20]

Hello Joe,
Fine shot of this Mallard drake excercising his wings. The Mallard itself is well taken but if you could have done with the OOF half mallard in the BG it would have been better IMHO. Otherwise this is pretty good.
Hope you get you camera and lens back soon!
All the best,

Hi Joe.
you have captured a nice action here.
The sharpness and detatial are ok, agree with Ivan,
the one in the BG is a bit distracting.
Whats wrong with your lens?, maybe front/back focus since they
want the body too.
Well done, young friend.


The reason they want the body also is because the more sophisticated and complex the cameras are they are not always equally compatible with every lens. They adjust the camera to your lens. They also check the lens function. They have had to adjust the autofocus on one of ours. The new 50D and I think the 5D Mark II allow you to save settings for each of your lenses. What a pain! Anyway I have had no particular problem with the 100-400 with my 400 xti. The 40D has had a lot of problems which may be why they came out with the 50D so soon. Canon and Nikon are in the midst of a megapixel war and quality is suffering.

I am surprised by the ISO800 for this shot. It seems that you had pretty good light and should have been able to get a faster shutter than 1/250 and maybe frozen the wing action. I can never use ISO 800 with my 400D xti... I always get noise???

Evelynn : )

Oh oh...You too?! Damaged cameras and lens. Must be an epidemic..i am in serious trouble out here as well...its the economy for me. Being retired on a pittance it may be quite the while before I get another good piece of gear..ah well...This shall do for you and I shall do my best with what little I have a well..This is the test of a true photographer!

Hi Joe,
Good picture of this Mallard Duck; nice colours, sharp details and good capture of action. Hope you get your gear back soon. I am sure you don't miss much this time of year though. I think it could be time to learn few new tricks of editing and look again your archives to see if you can get a good picture of something you failed the first time. You maybe surprised.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-03 10:04]

Hello Joe,
Excellent action shot. Very good detail and colours. Perfect POV and DOF.

Best regards Siggi

A lovely moment, Joe, just at the right time, I like it very much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-03 10:48]
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Hi Joe

Very beautiful pose you've captured here!
Looks like what i do in early mornings when i know i really have to wake up, but don't really feel like it :))
Maybe not perfectly sharp around the body and head, but the conditions didn't really help you either.
Even so, you've god lovely colors and reflections from its plumage and you managed to compose well around it.

What exactly happened with your nice big lens? And do you want to get rid of your body, too?

Anyway, Bravo and TFS

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-12-03 13:58]

Hello Joe,
Very nice capture.I liked vivid colors,POV,framing and composition a lot.TFS

Hi Joe,
You captured the action well here.
Good colour and nice reflections.
Hope you get your gear back soon.

Gracias por el comentario Joe !!

Tu toma posee a mi entender un buen dinamismo y desde luego un buen enfoque.
Interesantes detalles, como por ejemplo como has capturado la textura de las plumas del pecho y esas gotas de agua que no pueden penetrar en ese plumaje especializado para ello.

Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Joe;)
What a funny capture of this cute duck.
Well managed exposing to capture such beutiful action shot.
TFS and cheers OwlMan!
Well done!


Hi Joe,
Great action pose with very good color, detail, and exposure..
Hope you get your rig back before too long :/
Well done,

hello Joe

i love ducks, and i love images where there is a motion,
you shooted this drake mallard duck at the perfect moment,
with fine POV and framing, beautiful luminosity,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-03 21:14]

Hi Joe,

The beautiful Mallard seems to be showing off as he does his exercises! Beautiful colors and details of his face, wings and plummage. I love the ripply water. Too bad the partial duck is in the frame. Hope they don't keep your camera for too long.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-12-03 22:01]

Hi Joe,
Outstanding shot and you have freezed this fantastic moment with great timing and precision. Lovely colours and details on its plumage and I like the details on the water. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-03 22:39]

Hi Joe

A nice action shot - good focus on the head plus nice lighting.


Hi Joe!

I hope you will get your camera an your lens back soon. Being without it is feeling somehow naked...

Your picture indeed shows a nice Mallard and the fact that it is in action adds to the value of the picture. The second Mallard in the backgrond with the cut head is a little disturbing element to me.

Kind regards


Ciao Joe, an other splendid action shoot with fantastic timing, splendid light, fine details and great sharpness, lovely composition, very well done, ciao Silvio
PS I'm afraid in the past comment I wrong your name, than I cannot correct, excuse me:)

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