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portrait of a lady!

portrait of a lady!
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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 II APO Macro Super
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animal portraits, 50 - 60 points (chapter two), Great Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-14 4:19
Viewed: 7499
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 106
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I think ducks give beautiful poses and portraits and here is one of them...
Duck is the common name for a number of types of bird in the family Anatidae. The ducks are divided between several different subfamilies of the Anatidae. Ducks are mostly aquatic birds, mostly smaller than their relatives the swans and geese, and may be found in both fresh and salt water.
The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) is a common and widespread dabbling duck. It is probably the best-known of all ducks.
The breeding male is unmistakable, with a green head, black rear end and a blue speculum edged with white, obvious in flight or at rest.
The females are light brown, with plumage much like most female dabbling ducks. They can be distinguished from other ducks, by the distinctive speculum.
It is a bird of most wetlands, including parks, small ponds and rivers, and usually feeds by dabbling for plant food or grazing. It nests usually on a river bank, but not always particularly near water.
Ducks exploit a variety of food sources such as grasses, grains and water plants, fish, insects, and the like. The sound made by ducks is called a "quack"; a common (and false) urban legend is that quacks do not produce an echo.

Nikon D70
2005/03/12 15:01:14
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 70-300mm F/4-5.6 D
Focal Length: 300mm
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/2500 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 400
Optimize Image:
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode Ia (sRGB)
Tone Comp: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Noise Reduction: OFF

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-14 4:28]
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Wow! A stunner. Perfect portrait of cute bird Sebnem. Superb sharpness, details and BG. I like star-like reflection on its beak. I wonder what is that?

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-03-14 4:35]

Very good portrait of the duck Sebnem. Perfect composition and sharpness. Perfect work.

Hi Sebnem!
Great portrait. Especialy I love a little "star" on its bill. Superb!

She is beautiful. Perfectly captured, and so sharp. Thanks for sharing.

Very nice duck portrait.Sharpness and BG are well.

Beautiful portrait of a female mallard,Sebnem.
I noticed the little star shaped reflection on its bill too. Do you know what it was?

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-14 6:38]

Very, very good portrait! Well composed and razorsharp details, feathertexture is great. Light is very good. The white around the neck is a little burnt but nothing serious. Well done & TFS!

Good detail and generally good exposure, a couple of burnt out areas on the neck but nothing too drastic. I think it could do with a little more space to the left. Still a nice shot though Sebnem.

Superb shot, Sebnem. Tack sharp, perfect exposure, colors and BG. And the light in the eye! Did you notice the "sun"-shaped pattern on the upper mandible, just below the nostril? A really beautiful lady, my friend!

Excellent portrait, she is gorgeous!
Very good DOF, sharpness and BG.
Stunning pose! TFS! Well done Sebnem!

Technical quality:*****
Wow factor:****

It seems to be perfect.
Very well done

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-03-14 12:07]

Very nice one Sebnem,
What a fantastic head you have here, the details are super, the point of view is nice, the pof is realy nice, very good job.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-14 12:26]

Super vous avez réusi un très beau portrait de ce canard. Les couleurs et la netteté sont vraiment parfaites.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-14 13:31]

Hi Sebnem, very nice portrait of this ducky. Lovely colours and good exposure. The details are excellent, well done.

Beautiful portrait Sebnem,
Everything here is perfect, great shot. well done
Excellent pose
Thanks for posting

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-03-14 15:11]

Beautiful portrait Sebnem, great colours, exposure control and details.
Great note also.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • vero Silver Star Critiquer [C: 44 W: 8 N: 16] (342)
  • [2005-03-14 17:22]

La couleur "or" qui domine donne beaucoup de prestige à la photo. Super prise de vue!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-03-14 18:14]

What a wonderfull photo! perfectly captured, i like the incredible sharpness & vivid colours, great point of view & dof,

Very well done Sebnem


Very sharp and detailed Sebnem. As profiles go, it doesn't get much better! TFS

Very good close-up Sebnem.
Great POV, colours and sharpness. IMO little to tight to the left.
Very well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-15 10:45]

Sebnem, this is just a perfect photo. Excellent sharpness, great composition and dof in this mug shot.

The pose is just very nice.


A wonderful and for a duck, elegant pose with a very good light and great sharpness, nice done !

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-17 14:52]

Nice work, Sebnem. Perhaps not enouph space in front of her.
But a cute blonde ;-)

Oh Sebnem, this one is a sweetie. What a great portrait - the colours, details, pose, all so perfect. Very well done.

P.S. After all the DUCK talk lately - I want to tell you that I think this is the best portrait of a DUCK yet. And even Joanna likes it too!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-18 12:49]

Waouh ! Quel beau portrait pour cette cane. Belles couleurs et bonne netteté.
Well done !

Wonderful cameo shot, Sebnem. This lovely lady exudes a graceful elogance from the neck up. No easy feat. You have done well in this photo. Great detail, color and lighting. Thank you.

Really nice image, Sebnem. Clear, well composed and appealing.

Super sharp portrait - a stunning picture. TFS. Tim

What a beautiful lady she is! You have captured her gentleness! I love the curve of her neck, it is graceful and delicate. This is a wonderful portrait, Sebnem! A Mona Lisa of the bird world!

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  • DLM Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 2] (124)
  • [2005-05-16 17:05]
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Hi Sebnem,
All of your photos are wonderful and the notes and info on the picture are very useful.you are an inspiration to me in my quest to take better pictures.
Well done.

hello:) amaizing this portrait is:) exellent shot:) DOF is incredible:) great work!



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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-09-14 7:36]

veri nice portrait .
I saw a lot of photo of birts.
Your photo is beautiful.
very good work
with best regards libor

Woooow!! and what a special lady she is!!
Sebnem, this is stunning, the clarity, sharpness, colours and she is so cute (ohhh!)

P E R F E C T I O N!!


PS Your gallery is an inspiration!

Amazing shot. Great detail and timing. Ligths and collors are very good. Great definition.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-10-05 16:10]

Nice shot, good focus, good DOF, exposure is dead on and light orientation and color is exquisite. I used to crop tight before, but here I would have like to see just a little more space around the head. Still a great portrait. TFS

Your bird portraits are beautiful, Sebnem. I would cropped the image more to the right. Anyway great work! TFS! Michal

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-11-28 21:19]

Excelente "portrait". Muito boa foto. Nitidez, cores e POV.
O fundo ficou ótimo.
Muito bom trabalho!

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-12-14 2:47]

Hi Sebnem.
Excellent portrait..the lady is pretty, so pretty.

PD.I need more portraits.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-12-27 17:57]

Hi Sebnem,
Great portrait, good details and very nice colours,
Have a happy new year!

Süper..Mutlu Yıllar Şebnem Ablacım,Cem'ede selamımı söylersin:)

Unbelievable sharpness on this one, Sebnem! This is a stunning photo. Why are you not a professional photographer?


Hello Sebnem, Another beautiful photo of your gallery that I am enjoying. Very good details and pose of the duck. Very good picture.

Hi, Sebnem.
Very nice portrait. Excellent exposure and composition. Nice light and DOF. Sharp, with good details.

perfect sharpness, details and POV!
Very good DOF!Great colours!
Thanks Ana:)

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-05-11 16:56]

selam dew
arka plan oyle guzel hazirlanmis, onde de bu hayvanin pozu, renkleri, netligi o kadar iyi kadrajlanmiski ayrica ceken kisi de tanidik ve basarili bir isim olunca ordek de gulumseyivermis ;)
eline saglik

Salut Sebnem
Superbe de photo en portrait de ce joli canard,les couleurs sont ravissantes les détails sont très bien définis très beau cadrage
Bravo et a la prochaine et bon week end...JP

Hi Sebnem,
Ohhh, she is smiling... no doubt!
Did you promise food in exchange for a good pose, hehehehe...
Superb details as usual, wonderful textures in the feather coat...
Great clarity in colours, as seen on this non intrusive background!
Pablo -

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-08 3:48]

Hi Sebnem.
It is really great portrait of charming Lady: noble, pacified, elegant. BRAVO.
Colours, details, BG ¬ all is perfect. My compliments and TFS.

Hi Sebnem, wonderful Lady, great colors and splendid details, very well done, ciao Silvio
:) tomorrow

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-12-24 22:51]

Merhaba Sebnem,
This is a very cute Duck Portrait.
I like your blurred bg,duck's pose,colors,focus,sharpness and note.TFS

Hi Sebnem,
Nice profile of this female mallard. She is well groom, clean and beautifully presented through your lens. Simple and uncluttered background help in highlighting this mallard. TFS this impressive image.

Did you get photoghaphy lessons?
You have so many, many WONDERFUL images. I never get tired of seeing them. Such GREAT talent.
Warm regards,

Hello Sebnem.

Excellent portrait, nice composition annd colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

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