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Early Morning Flight

Early Morning Flight
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Copyright: Chi Liu (chiliu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF70-200/2.8L, Canon 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-03 1:02
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pacific Black Duck

Scientific name: Anas superciliosa.

Size: 45-55cm.

Diet: Aquatic insects, plants and seeds.

Habitat: Deep permanert vegetated swamps, open waters and wet paddocks.

Breeding: 7-12 eggs are laid in most months of the year if conditions are suitable.

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Hello Chi,
Absolute perfectness in this shot of these very colorful ducks. The speed was perfect and the detail is also perfect.
Great shot............

wauw, marvelous shot Chi,
great capture, fantastic pov and a good dof,this is the job of a master, well done,
gr. jaap

Amazing shot, CHI!!!
Colors, details and compo are great.

Hi Chi,
this is a very good in-flight, almost perfect tandem.
Well composed, nice colours and good POV. The exposure and sharpness are spot on.
Excellent work.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-06-03 2:39]

Hello Chi, well caught this Duck!! Beautiful tandem, good job, Didier.

Hi Chi

Lovely in-flight shot. Excellent shrapness and clarity with perfect timing. Congrtas!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-03 2:43]

Stunning, Chi Liu.
Just fantastic. The ducks are very sharp in this in-flight shot.
The colors are beautiful. I love that turquoise in the wings.
Great 3D effect.
Congratulations on this masterpiece.
TFS. : )

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  • nitin Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 32] (247)
  • [2006-06-03 3:24]

Hi Chi
Great in-flight shot of these ducks. Excellent colors, love the tad of blue on its wings.
Great composition and POV

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-03 3:35]

Hi Chi
Some of us will be satisfied to have one perfect capture of a bird in flight, you had to go and stretch the target. Great stuff my friend.
I like your composition and crop and the colours are great especially on the one wing and the two faces. The details are brilliantly sharp and it is amazing what DOF you achieved at f/3.2 while you also controlled the exposure/lighting perfectly.
Very well done and TFS.

Hi Chi,

You have taken a fantastic picture here. The details are sharp and crisp,m and the fact that the light was wrong does not detract from the picture. Very well done.


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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2006-06-03 3:56]

That's a fantastic action shot. Good colors, light and focus! Excellent work!
Regards, Krzysztof.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-03 4:08]

Hello Chi,
Excellent in flight capture.I liked lighting,POV,colors,details,BG and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

Great shot Chi, great lighting, details and sharpness, nice bg and great POV. Very nice colours and great composition too. Very well done, thanks for sharing.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-03 5:01]

Hi Chi,
Great shot, beautiful soft light. Excellent detail and exposure is perfect. Very nicely framed, great work.

hi chi
impeccable,il n'y a rien a dire c'est splendide.

Greatly captured action shot, Chi! I like the wing of the second duck showing plumage color. Excellent framing. Regards,

Excellent Shot Chi, well captured, Good composition Great depth of Field freezing the birds in flight works well

Well Done

Hello Chi,

WOW!!! EXCELLENT capture!
Perfect... ALL!
Very well done my friend!

TFS :-)

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-03 14:07]

Hi Chi, brilliant in flight shot. Great POV, sharp, well exposed details and colours and good lighting. Very well captured and TFS.

Absolute perfectness in this shot of these very colorful ducks.great capture;-))

Hello Chi,
What a fantastic pose of these black ducks. Very good detailed and a great composition. Colours are very natural and you´ve made good use of the neutral background.
Compliments Chi, well done!
Regards, Ruud

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-06-03 21:11]

Hola Chi.- Exelente foto de estos patos en accion, grandes detalles de sus plumas y con un fondo muy contrastante. Luis52

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-06-04 11:05]

WOW, what a wonderful in-flight. The colours set the mood, beautifully blurred BG, tack sharp, wonderfully atmospheric with the light from behind lighting up the a halo-silhouette, subjects perfectly exposed. Great with the two different poses, and one duck showing its colourful whatever-it's-called-in-English.
Straight to my favorites!

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-06-04 19:36]

Hi Chi
Great action shot. Good colours, detail, sharpnes, light, DOF and POV.
Well done Chi


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-06-05 11:30]

Chi, this is very nice.

An excellent shot showing the two guys.

Great sharpness, pov and composition.

I like colors and saturation too.

Hi Chi,

Excellent capture of these departures, the freeze avtion on this is fantastic, you selected the right exposure giving great colors results as well as details. Sorry I didn't see this one earlier. I just got back from a boating expedition late last night and I'm trying to play catch up on TN. :)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-06-07 11:54]

Well done Chi ! Great in-flight shot, very sharp and well exposed. Great to see the "mirror" on it's left wing. Thanks !


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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-06-07 17:28]

J'aime beaucoup vos photos d'oiseaux en plein vol. Elles sont toujours très réussies. Ce n'est pas facile. On dirait que celui à droite semble avoir de la difficulté à suivre!
Belles couleurs et excellente mise au point. Bonne composition.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-06-10 18:16]

Excellent shot! You froze the action very well. Colors are good and focus is sharp. Well composed and nice light. Well done & TFS!


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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-06-10 22:53]

Hi Chiliu.
Excellent composition , great moment and dinamic capture, very nice colors tones contrast and fine details,balanced photo,good note.


Very nice MF, as always a pleasure!
A well deserved :)

Hello Chi,
Wonderful image of this couple in fligt, with well "frozen" action. i like the details that you capture and format of picture. Te blurred foggy? BG is graet like this nice duck species.
well done!!

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-06-19 9:25]

Being inactive on this site and away in the bush I could not comment on all your pics, but this one is very very good, detail , colour and action as well as the soft focus back ground. I like it a lot.

You're obviously adept at panning. A great shot. Lovely blurred background.
Is it just me or did you clone something out in the bottom centre of the photo?

Hi Chi,
Awesome high quality image. Perfect rim lighting and exposure. Love the BG. Technically a very difficult image to nail, with two birds to worry about in flight. Congrats

wow, don't know how I missed this amazing pic before. ori

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