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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 500mm f/4,5 HSM + 2x Teleconv. DG
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-31 4:44
Viewed: 3050
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
(Anas platyrhynchos),
is a common and widespread dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe and Asia. It also frequents Central America and the Caribbean. It is probably the best-known of all ducks.

This dabbling duck is 56-65 cm length, with an 81–98 cm wingspan, and weighs 750–1000 g. It is strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south. It is highly gregarious outside of the breeding season and will form large flocks. They are exceptionally fast flyers for their size, reaching speeds of 40mph. Due to their streamlining however, it hardly ruffles a feather.

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Hi Andrea,
Excellent presentation of this new family. All settings are perfect. Good POV and composition. Very well seen and TFS.

Veramente una bella foto sotto tutti i punti di vista, compresi il ciuffo d'erba e i pullus sfocati.

Ciao, Emanuele

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-05-31 5:17]

Very cute and a great catch..

I'm painfully aware of their flying speed - great challenge for action shooters!


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-05-31 5:40]

Cute shot!!Lovely capture of the new family!

Wonderful shot Andrea! Low shot incridible here and very smart decision! Great moment captured also!
Thank you and best regards!

Hi Andrea...
What a lovely scenery you capture here! Cutie factor sky high... hehehehe!
I appreciate your POV here, as it is very effective in enhancing the subjects...
I wonder if a change in focus might work... either by including tne chicks or maybe the chicks only..? Don't know... Cute as it is of course!
Pablo -

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-31 6:40]

Hi Andrea
:) beautiful shot. Well captured. Great colours, details, sharpnes, DOF and POV. Also like your note.
Well done my friend


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-31 11:14]

Hi Andrea,
Very well captured mallard and its family! Focus and color are perfect. I agree with Pablo Minto about chicks out of focus observation, but in any case the photo is beautiful and lovely.
TFS, José M.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-05-31 12:19]

Hi Andrea,
pleasant view, good shot. I like the colours and DOF. Well done photo.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-05-31 13:13]

Very nice shot ! I love the beautiful warm colors very much. excellent composition too, and nice details on the mother mallard. It would have been nice to have babies in focus, as Pablominto said, but still a great shot ! Very well done !

Hello Andrea,
this is a great photo. Fantastic POV, great colours, good sharpness and details. This is a very nice composition. I like it very much. TFS.

Hi Andrea,
Sweet family :-)
DOF, details, colours, sharp are excellent.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-05-31 15:12]

Hi Andrea,
great POV of this picture, nice capture of the moment and sharp detail of the duck!

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-05-31 16:36]

Hi Andrea,
What a very cute new mallard family, great POV excellent details.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-05-31 16:38]

Hi Andrea,

The POV of this familyportrait is very nice.Also colours and background are wonderful.
Great work.


Hi Andrea

Sorry I was late, it is exam time:(
I like this shot, the baby are following their mother. briliant shot with very nice POV and DOF.
well done


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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-05-31 19:07]

Hi Andrea,

Excellent shot and presentation.
Very good all ;)
Well done!

TFS :-)

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-05-31 21:50]

Où que l'on soit, apercevoir une telle petite famille d'oiseaux aquatiques est toujours facinant.
Belle présentation d'un instantané réussi. Bavo Andrea.


A real beauty Andrea,excellent point of view,colours and composition...
Well captured....

What a great family capture Andrea.
Great colors and beautiful details.
Excellent composition, POV and BG.

Hi Andrea,
I like most of all your low POV of the scene..
Cute shot with mom well focused and sharp, and the ducklings in hot pursuit :)
Well done and TFS!

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-01 5:56]

Hi Andrea, great moment captured. Excellent lighting, details and colours. Also a good POV and well composed. Well done and TFS.

une belle petite famille,la cane est bien nette mais ce n'est pas le cas pour les canetons,dommage.

very nice one Andrea,
the pov on the mother gives a very good effect in the shot,
It is well captured and technical very nice, good job.
gr. jaap

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