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Resting Duck

Resting Duck
Photo Information
Copyright: John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus OM2N, Tokina ATX 35-200mm 1:3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/3.5
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-17 18:27
Viewed: 5491
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I think this is the same duck as that the one I shot for “Thirsty Duck” at Bass Lake. He is a juvenile Mallard, just about full grown but still not flying, and he still is exhibiting the brown feathers, more typical of a female Mallard.

Getting this guys picture was fun. While sitting on the beach this guy just swam up (just down beach from us) and went and lay down. This was an opportunity that couldn’t be passed on. I crept as quietly and slowly as I was able, to get close and in front of him for my shot. Just prior to this one I took a shot where he had his head down and beak buried under his wing. My shot alerted him so he raised his head to the position you see now. Once I had this I backed off to leave him in peace.

NOTE: The determination of sex was based on input from an individual "expert" at the scene. This has been questioned on this site. Not being an expert myself I can only go with what I hear. In any further conversations about this duck I will refer to it as "it".

Post processing included some adjustments for shadow and highlights and some slight adjustments in levels. Also the original had a little more space to the right and above the duck. It was cropped to bring his eye in closer to centre. I have sharpened this version for this post.

I had previously entered this shot on TrekEarth but decided this was a more appropriate place for it, so I removed it from there and registered with TN so you can see it here now.

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Hi John,
Another duck of course... ;depicted very well though.

Beau portrait,l'éclairage fait bien ressortir les détails du plumage et les belle couleur de cette femelle.

Bravo et merci pour le partage.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-18 9:32]
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Hello John , A good shot from the duck ,good pov colours compositie light bg and framing good job ,thanks and Welcom to tn ,Greetings Teunie .

Salut John
splendide ton canard impressionant de détails et de netteté
Bravo et merci...JP

This is a nice sharp image John How close were you able to get to him? or...how much did you crop the image? Since the BG is so nicely blurred it probably wouldn't have been noticible to clone out the few hot spots that are a little distracting.

Evelyhn : )

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-21 21:55]
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Hi John,
georgeous shot, very detailed and very sharp. Beautiful duck portrait.,

Hi John,
I like this view a lot, great colours. It looks like she was smiling :)
Great capture!

Hi John,
Great portrait!
Very good detail, nice and natural colours.
Well done and thanks!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-11-26 21:10]
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Nice shot,good eye contact..Details are good.Liked the POV.

Hi John,

Nicely composed and good sharpness. There are some very bright spots (time of day taken??) but I don't find them distracting. Well done.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-05 22:07]
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Hi John
Nice shot, Good sharpnes, colours, details and POV.
Well done


Hello John,
Now there is one happy duck!
Comne to think of it, I have never seen a duck who doesn't look like happy...
Good portrait with fine details, DOF spot on and close-up work very well done!
Pablo -

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-08-12 14:51]

Hi John. Good clear capture of this duck. I like the way the background is not intrusive the way you have it. Your variety of frames and yet still retaining a good sized image is an asset too. Good work. Murray.

Hi John,

A nice image of the resting duck, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. thanks for sharing.


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