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Boot Camp - Left, Left, Left-Right-Left

Boot Camp - Left, Left, Left-Right-Left
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Copyright: Za Kiwi (zakiwi) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 20 N: 274] (1309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-03 7:06
Viewed: 3366
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi All,

Well this was a very lucky shot. Four ducklings all in step. It makes me think that they're at boot camp. Anyway I really hope that you enjoy.

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:-) Sweet!
I love this cute scene and very pretty photo!

Hi Erich

Where did you find these babes who I might add are keeping perfect time! Good family portrait. I thought it was too early for babies. Hmmm..... I will have to head up to Shakespear Regional Park to see what I can find. Nice capture, good POV, nice light. Thanks.

hehe great title. Wonderfull shot. very sharp, good colors and nice DOF. Good composition. Great job. TFS

woooooooow, cute, so nice, thanks for sharing,what a nice boys,listening completley.

Hi Za, this is really cute :) and I like your title, it really works for this scene. Slightly more DOF and flash might help it a little but good shot :)

Hello Za Kiwi, This is composed very well with excellent sharpness, details, colors and light..Amazing foot-work with all four in-step..A gem of a shot, Very well done!

Very nice and funny picture, Zakiwi.
You caught a very good moment.
I like the composition and the POV.
The duck is sharp, pity that the DOF isn't enough for the ducklings but it not easy with a long zoom.
You did a very good job.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-03 9:59]

Military camp ;-) Great shot Za! You were lucky to take this kind of shot!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-08-03 10:20]

Excellent shot and well done on the composition.
All in step, I'm surprised Gert, the duckman doesn't have one.
You did well.
Excellent work.


Hello Erich,

What perfect timing, both you and the ducks!!

This is a wonderful photo, I would bet that you won't see many like this.

Great job, and thank you.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-03 12:44]

yes Za it's a nice one,
the composition is very nice taken the pov is good and the dof is great, you realy can see them walking, very good job,
gr. Jaap

wow! the privates are doing very well indeed! TFS!

Wonderful moment... and wonderfully captured. The colors give such a warm feeling. Excellent job ... thanks for sharing it with us :-)

Hello Za,
Yes this is a funny shot. Perfect Timing.
Wonderful job.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-08-03 16:02]

Hi Erich, I think you must have "cut and pasted" them all to like that!! :) Just beautiful timing, a great action shot, I can even see bits of sand on them too.
They've hatched early in the season, so watch out you Northern Hemisphere folk, you're in for an invasion of baby ducklings and swans soon.!

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2005-08-03 16:20]

Yes Za, this is a very lucky shot. And thank you for your note of humour. The mimic of these four little guys is so cute. A very nice presentation. Congratulations. TFS.


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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-08-03 17:06]

Hi Erich,
great shot, you have a good eye and a quick index finger to see + capture the right moment (again ...)!. Also wonderful warm colours, and the composition well brings out the "story" behind, with the head of the mother positioned up high and the youngsters spread out down low. The half-transparent frame works well to keep the colour theme and keeps your 5 subjects together. It is a tad soft, maybe a higher fstop, though then motion-blurr would probably have become a problem. Looking at the DOF area (sandgrains in focus), you seem to have compromised very well between the two.
P.S. Thank you for your email, I was very busy. As you see, I'm "alive and posting", so to speak!

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-08-04 0:41]

I love it. It does look like they are all in step and the expressions on their faces . Mum msut be a tough one ;)
I love the brown tonings, they go very well with the ducks.
Well done

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-08-05 0:17]

Wow... too cute! funny title & portrait i like it, great sharpness and great composition.

Thanks for posting Za,

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-05 3:38]

Woow ! What a nice family that you have well captured ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Hi Erich,

What a nice, warm picture. I can just hear all the girls say "aaaaah cuuuute" :) Very well done, I wish it was my picture.


Beautiful colours, great timing and all that but best of all.. it's just so cute!

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