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Mallard drake & autumnal colours

Mallard drake & autumnal colours
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Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon Coolpix P60, NiKKOR 5X OPTICAL ZOOM VR
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Silpa's "Unforgettable" Favourites !!!, Autumn At Trek Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-13 16:19
Viewed: 3964
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
hello to all, as i wrote in one of my previous posting
i was having problems to focus the birds (duck) in flight
but like i was writting too in aonther of my previous postings
since i changed the mode to focus, since i am in mode « Infinit »
i have no more problems to focus the birds in flight
(but it dos not mean that all the shots are succesful)

in this image i agree that the wing (the white) is over-exposed

from the Hinterland Who'a Who website
here is somes notes on the Mallard drake :

« The handsome Mallard Anas platyrhynchos is the best known
wild duck in the world. The male in breeding dress is unmistakable.
The glossy head and upper neck are brilliant green, separated from
the rich chestnut of the breast by a white collar.
The rest of the underparts and the sides are light grey.

The back and wings of the bird are greyish brown,
with a purplish-blue speculum, or wing patch, on the wing.
The whitish tail has black above and below it. Two central
black feathers that curve back above the tail give the breeding
male its characteristic curly-tailed appearance.
The male has a yellow bill and orange legs and feet. »



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To ellis49: merci GertCeltickRanger 1 10-16 18:06
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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-13 16:32]

Hi Asbed,

You have mastered the technique! Congratulations. This in-flight drake is wonderful - focused perfectly. Beautiful colors, excellent details. His face with the sparkling eye is superb. The autumn leaved trees make a wonderful background. Bravo.


One of your best and straight to my Favorites..thanks so much for doing and coming so far!

Well it sure looks like you mastered it Asbed. Despite the bit of OE the image looks really good. Your duck is in focus. I rarely attempt shots like this. The one thing I did learn is to pan and follow through. Do not stop moving once you've clicked the shutter button. Nice job.

Evelynn : )

hello asbed,
well captured, the flying mallrad drake looks so beautiful against the natural but so colorful bg, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hello Asbed

What a beautiful capture!
A wonderful composition with excellent lighting and colours.
The POV is excellent.
Great job.


Hi Asbed,
I am sure that there is not any problem on focusing in this shot my friend. All are perfect in this shot. Also you have select a good DOF creating an 3-D efect. Great shot indeed.
Many thanks for sharing this fine image. Have a nice new day Asbed!


Salut Asbed,
Comme tu dis : "le blanc des ailes est surexposé" mais je me demande comment tu aurais pu faire autrement car le reste de l'oiseau est bien équilibré. C'est une prise pas facile à réaliser et c'est assez réussi. Le choix de l'ouverture fait se démarquer l'oiseau du background. Les couleurs d'automne sont superbes!

Hi Asbed, beautiful flying duck, a little out of focus but autumnal colors are fantastic, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-14 5:11]
  • [+]

Dear Asbed,
I have to tell you, you have impressed me with the tireless efforts you been making to get right the inflight shots of these birds with a P&S. I have not been so courageous and havent had so much of dedication to persevere as much as you did.And do take a bow from me for the phenomenal result you have produced here. The picture quality is absolutley remarkable , yes, i agree with you there is slight OE on the wings but the overall result is quite commentable.
I love the BG with the autumn effect and the focus on the bird achieved with excellent quality.The head, the eye and the beak ...upto the tip of the left wi g and down to the feet...are in very good focus.I have experienced how quick these birds are moving in a flash to come swooping on to the water....Very well done indeed ...
my congratulations and keep them coming...
TFS & Cheers
(1)NiKKOR 5X OPTICAL ZOOM VR - is it extra lens fitted with your P&S?
(2) I would love to join you in celebrating this milestone and add this to my "Unforgettable" theme:)

Bonjour Asbed
il est admirablement bien ce cliché de ce malard qui prend son envol avec ce décor automnal en arrière plan.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-10-14 5:57]

Hi Asbed
very nice image
very good sharp and detail
well done.

Bonjour Asbed
Belle capture de ce canard en plein vol
La surexposition du blanc est pratiquement inévitable car les autres couleurs sont bien exposées
Bien cordialement

Ciao Asbed,
splendida cattura in volo di germano, eccellenti POV e composizione con stupendo BG dai colori autunnali, molto buona la nitidezza.

Hi Asbed,
this is a very good shot of this flying mallard.
I have shooting ducks in years and I know it's almost impossible to shot the with a digi compact, I have tried a lot
without any success, it's much easier to shot with a fast DSRL and a fast USM lens.
You did very well here with a nice compo and fine action.
About the OE, it's not a big nit but try to use manual settings
for the exposure.
Very fine work.

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-15 1:16]

Hello Asbed,
Though the wing is a little OE, this is a superb in-flight capture of a Mallard Drake. The contrast with the autumnal BG is superb and the sharpness of the duck helps to make it stand out in this excellent composition.
Well done Asbed and thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-15 10:48]

very impressive in flight capture, the autumnal colours make a great backdrop and you have a good sharp focus on this well psotioned Mallard - great job!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-17 18:19]

Hello Asbed,
Nice inflight capture of this Mallard drake. The colors and pose in this image are great, thank you Asbed.

Hi Asbed,

A good capture of the mallard in flight, the details and colors of the duck are clear and sharp. The subject is well frame. The blur background brings out the duck. The light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


You have some great inflight shots in your gallery. Very cool!
It's hard to catch those. I've never been able to. Not sure where to focus or aim.

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