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Copyright: Kathy Meader (writerscrawlz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 2 N: 924] (2961)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS digital rebel XT, 28-300mm
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-06 12:11
Viewed: 3040
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The colors of this duck captivated me, and if it is a bit lopsided, it's because it was taken from inside a boat. I tried to make sure it was even, but when I leaned, the boat began to tip, so I moved my arms only. (I gotta learn this boat business...)

I also have him with some sort of fish, but first I'd like to get an identification on him.

I had the ISO at 400, but because of the bright sun, I moved it back 1 and a half stops. It seemed to help - I wanted to avoid both the photo from being both too dark and too hot. I tried several different methods, and ended up liking this one the best - I think perhaps because it looks a little artistic and is different from my usual? I'm trying new things. The more I know my camera, the better I will get.

Does anybody know what sort of waterfowl this is?

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To lawbert: thank youwriterscrawlz 1 07-06 19:17
To nglen: Yes...writerscrawlz 1 07-06 19:14
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Hello Kathy,
The focus is good and you used the Grebe's reflection very well in your composition.

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-07-06 13:00]

It is a red-necked grebe. Not an easy bird to photograph. I think I would have cropped it a little tighter, but the wider view does look good on this page. Gary

Hello Kathy
Its a form of grebe without doubt...What I like most is your experimentation in exposure settings...The results are fantastic with a perfectly exposed picture...Absolutely brilliant..Keep experimenting..It really is working out brilliantly.
Best Regards

Hi Kathy,
Red-necked Grebe here in the Old World looks like this. Very good capture with good composition, sharp details and nice colours.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-07-06 15:11]

Hi Kathy , wow I just love the greens in the water , they contrast with the bird and reflection very nicely , good composition and details as well , great photo , TFS :-)


I am pretty sure Nick got it right off. I have only seen the Grebe here on TN and NEVER near here...which is where you are...well only a few blocks away. You do have some secret locations you go to. Keep them. I have some too and it makes it fun. I think other TN'ers would certainly fall in love with our place here nearby Cheney, Kathy,.. It is a place for nature to live and love. Medical Lake is a fine place for those who do not know. I have a few images from there when Jane is able to take rides...only a 15 minute shot but she hurts in the car even with medications....and it is breaking me apart...


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-07 0:27]

Hi, Kathy, again.
Wonderful shot with great rich colours, razor sharpness of the bird image and superb reproduction of the nicely looking water surface. I like impressive 3D-effect, strong horizontal cropping and precise exposure of the image. Well done and kind regards.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-07 12:44]
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Hi Kathy .It looks like a Grebe to me . which you have captured a good close up. natural colours and fine detail in the feathers. was the water that green ?

Well done TFs.

Sorry!My computer is acting up on me again, this time I think it's got some virus!
Great shot!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-10 9:33]

Hello Kathy

A lovely pov for this shot.
I like the water eye level look.
Wonderful plumage detail and colouration.
The pose is perfect.


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