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Mallard Drake Profile

Mallard Drake Profile
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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon 70-200 f/4L, Hoya Super HMC Pro1 67mm Sky1B
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: A week in Elveden Forest
Theme(s): Animal portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-05 8:45
Viewed: 16244
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Now I have a decent lens (a Canon EF 70-200 F4L) hopefully my pictures will improve somewhat. Recently I went to Center-parcs holiday camp in Elveden, Suffolk where there is lots of wildlife. This is my first photo post from that weeks holiday. It's a male Mallard duck, but then we all knew that, didn't we?
Shot in RAW mode, increased saturation by 20%, cropped, resized to 800 pixels, USM.
I'm pretty pleased with it but I heartily welcome any critiques. Please tell me anything that's wrong with it so that I can improve next time!

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To sAner: Soft focus?flagman 4 05-07 08:51
To netfalls: Re: Central frame of mallard protraitflagman 1 05-06 06:06
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It looks very good to me . Can I see your reflection in his eye ? I have a new camera and haven't tried a raw photograph yet.
the D. O. F. is perfect But I think the photograph could be a little smoother less noise at least that is my opinion . however I am only a beginner in this business . You deserve full marks however , jim

Very funny portrait, IMO framed too centered.
Well done.

Heya Andy,

It's great to see you post again! This is a good portrait. The lens you own now is obviously a good lens. I do think the focus is a wee bit soft, but nothing serious. Colors are good, POV is great and the BG suits the picture very well; it's contrasting. Well done & TFS! Keep 'em coming my friend. :)


hello:) what a beauty portrait:)POV:)DOF:)details,colors and framing are amazing.I liked composition very much.



"Now I have a decent lens", I'd say. Great shot the detail and focus is stunning.

I anything a little crop at the top might make a slight difference. But only sligth.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-10-25 10:30]

This is a very good portrait Andy!

Focus and DOF are excellent. Soft lighting and exposure are beautiful. TFS

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