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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30 D, Canon EF500/4L IS + 1.4x II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2), Vanderschelden's favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-14 4:14
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 160
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another photo taken under rain at Ballikayalar Canyon .May be it’s not suitable for Valantines Day,but i wanted to dedict it for single friends on TN:)This guys were very thoughtful and discussing about the kind of gifts for their wives and lovers:)
Hope You’ll like it and Happy Valantines Day for everybody!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos, also known as the wild duck, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe and Asia. Probably the best-known of all ducks, it gave rise to most domestic ducks, apart from the Muscovy Duck.
It is strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south; it is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
The dabbling duck is 56–65 cm length, with an 81–98 cm wingspan, and weighs 750–1000 g. The breeding male is unmistakable with a green head, black rear end and a blue speculum edged with white, prominent in flight or at rest. Males also possess a yellow bill with a black tip, females dark brown.
The female Mallard is light brown like most female dabbling ducks. It can be distinguished from other ducks by the distinctive speculum. In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake looks more like the female.
Mallards form pairs only until the female lays eggs, at which time she is left by the male. The clutch is 8–13 eggs, which are incubated for 27–28 days to hatching with 50–60 days to fledging. The ducklings are precocial, and can swim and feed themselves on insects as soon as they hatch, although they stay near the female for protection. Young ducklings are not naturally waterproof and rely on the mother to provide waterproofing. Mallards also have rates of male-male sexual activity that are unusually high for birds. In some cases, as many as 19% of pairs in a Mallard population are male-male homosexual (Bagemihl 1999).
When they pair off with mating partners, often one or several drakes will end up "left out". This group will sometimes target an isolated female duck — chasing, pestering and pecking at her until she weakens (a phenomenon referred to by researchers as rape flight), at which point each male will take turns copulating with the female. Male Mallards will also occasionally chase other females in the same way.
Camera Model:Canon EOS 30D
Shooting Date/Time: 1/20/2007 2:05:56 PM
Shooting Mode: Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ): 1/100
Av( Aperture Value ): 5.6
Metering Mode: Spot Metering
Exposure Compensation: 0
ISO Speed:400
Lens: 500.0 mm
Focal Length:700.0 mm
Image Size:3504x2336
Image Quality:RAW
White Balance Mode: Auto
AF Mode:AI Servo AF
Parameters Settings:
Tone Curve Standard
Sharpness 3
Contrast 0
Noise Reduction: Off
File Size: 7121 KB
Drive Mode: High-speed continuous shooting

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-02-14 4:26]
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Hello Sebnem!

This is one of the best and moody shots of mallards I've ever seen! Love the POV and DOF. Birds are perfectly sharp, in good, interesting poses, colorfull. Water around also is very good, especially bubbles which turns in blurred spots on BG. I really like it my friend!

Happy Valentine's to you and Ekrem! [I hope he's at liberty from army today].

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-14 4:35]

Hola amiga,
original y agradable captura,
detalles y buena compo.
buen pov. Maravillosas burbujas,
saludos Sebnem

Merhaba Sebnem,
Ben de Ballikayalar'i merak ettim :o) Bir daha Istanbul'a gelisimde listemde. Baloncuklarla beraber aldigin kompozisyon cok ilginc olmus. Eline saglik.
Happy valentines day to you too :o)

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-14 4:46]
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Lovely photo! I like the composition and the way the mallards are positioned. Sudaki baloncuklar deterjandan mi? Gerci kopuk yok ama...

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-14 5:27]

Hello Sebnem,
Very artistic and beautifully composed shot! Sharp details and great effect from the rain drops. Very nice sharp horizontal focus along the ducks. Lovely!
Many thanks, Ulla

Merhaba Sebnem,
I like so much this scene!
The effect of the rain on the water creates a very special moment, with all that bubbles creating such textured surrounding for the ducks.
DOF use is excellent, you played so well with the focus range on the couple of ducks.
Great light captured and the low POV used.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Şebnem hanım merhaba ,kabarcıklar çok ilginç bir görüntü oluşturmuş , keşke sol üstteki dal parçası kareye girmeseymiş , başarılar bol şanslar.

Hello Dew,
I love the effect of the rain here. This shutter speed makes it look like little bubbles. Low POV, composition and details are good and I like those well saturated colors. Happy Valentine's Day to you :-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-14 8:25]

Hi Sebnem.
Unusual and funny subject and perfectly done picture. I especially like impressive moderate blurred BG and blurred a little bit foreground. The main subject id sharpened, coloured and detailed perfectly. Very impressive and creative picture. My best regards and TFS.

Hello Sebnem,
A brilliant picture. The effect of the rain and those bubbles are fantastic. This is perfect 10. With best regards,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-14 8:45]

Sad indeed! But if Valentine's Day is the ONLY sad day in their lives then they are doing well. I love the textures created by the raindrops on the water surface. Great composition and colours

Hi Sebnem,
a fine and arty picture with good low POV.
the details and exposure are as well.
The rain is a great bonus.
Well done, my friend.

Hi Sebnem,
Thank you for also thinking about us, the single TNers. :)
This is really a marvelous photo, the drops of rain that created all these air bubbles are really wonderful and the water come alive. I really love the colors captured in the ducks and how the stand out from its gray surrounding. A great low POV and a perfect DOF.

Merhaba Şebnem,
Su kabarcıklarının ön ve arka planda bulanıklaşıp orta planda net olması çok güzel bir etki yaratmış,
Başlık ve çerçeve de çok hoş olmuş,
Ellerine sağlık

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-14 9:47]
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Merhaba Şebnem hanım,baloncukların kadrajın her yerindeki tekrarı,çok estetik bir kompozisyon yaratmış. Sadece, sol üstteki dal biraz bu ritmi bozuyor ;)
Ellerinize sağlık, selamlar.

Very pretty shot Sebnem.
This is such an amazing view. Great atmosphere. Very well done. tfs. Stev

Call it 3-D effect or whatever, but I see the "meloncholy mallards" like I'm seeing them with my own eyes, Sebnem.
The blurred raindrops both in the foreground and background give that impression of virtual reality. There is this strip at the middle of the image where they 'swim' frozen in mid-action.
And they do look somewhat thoughtful, so your caption does the mood of the picture full justice.
Those pearlish grey bubbles in the sharp focus area on the surface of water look like tiny UFOs. I can feel them drifting for a moment and then bursting.
Could I ask a question: Why did you use high speed continuous shooting mode?
Happy Valentine's Day to you too!

Salut Sebnem
Très belle composition j'aime beaucoup toutes les gouttelettes d'eau sur ce lac.
Très bon travail et la présentation est très jolie.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Hello Sebnem,
Great interest with the bubbly scene..reminds of champagne..Thank goodness they're not "alcoholic" and "melancholic" at the same time ;}}
Excellent use of DOF to isolate the subjects here..Nice colors and exposure, sharp detail.
Well done & TFS.
PS - and forgive my lame attempts at humor :)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-02-14 11:36]

Hi Sebnem,
Wonderful shot. Superb colours and sharpness. I like the water bubbles and the syncronisation of the two . Wonderful DOF and POV with perfect details. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Merhaba Sebnem focus ve DOF super ve tam su ustunde cekilmis gibi cok guzel POV ve yagmurlu hava cok iyi olmus bu lens cok guzel Selamlar Necip

Hello Sebnem
Thank you for this Valentine:-)
It is a beautiful picture; great point of view. You did a good job with that big lens.

hello SEBNEM
je trouve ta photo vraiment magnifque, tres bonne présentation et toutes ces gouttes c' est supers
bravo et merci de ce beau partage

Thanks Sebnem and a great Valentine day to you:), you are magic, this is a wonderful amazing photo, splendid sharpness on the mallards, great effect of bubbles in blurred BG, magnificent light and colors, superb photo!
Ciao Silvio

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-14 14:25]

I love the effect of the rain on the water. Your POV perfectly captures this. Lovely composition and sharp details. Great shot



selam sebnem,
an expected-from-you post again:) two thumbs up! rain drops are great texture on the shot. and i must confess they really look melancholic on a lake of tranquillity. colours are great and the blurred bg highlights the beauty of the picture.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-14 14:44]

selam Sebnem
basligi ve zamanlamasi ile bizlere harika bir nature fotografi sunmussun. kompozisyonu, bakis acisi, renkleri, netligi, detaylari ve cercevesi basarili bir calisma ortaya cikmis.
eline saglik

Hi Sebnem,
The compression of the scene by the long lens and extender is what makes this look so great. The rain drops and bubbles look fantastic. I agree with you on the 500mm as a great long lens. Someday :(

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-14 17:07]

Hi Sebnem

This is a simply FANTASTIC shot! WOW!
So moody and so beautiful all together.
The low POV does wonders to the perspective, the DOF is impeccable and blurres nicely both the FG and the BG and the details are super-sharp.
Besides that, the colors are just lovely, but most of all the bubbles on the water crate such an unique atmosphere that give this picture its "extra something" that all the photographers crave for...and you managed to find it here.
The pose of the ducks are also wonderful and add to the overall superb composition.


hi sebnem,
impressive work,
finely composed shot,
lovely natural colours,
nice pov, good dof,
the rain drops looks lovely,
tfs & regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-14 23:08]

Hello Sebnem

I really like the low POV,and the composition.Any lower I think the lens would touch the water lol.It puts the viewer right into the shot.The surface of the water is amazing.The focus and details are super.TFS


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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2007-02-15 1:08]

Hello Şebnem.
Very nice capture.Composition are wonderful.Thanks for posting.

Merhaba Şebnem Hanım.
Aslında bu yazımı size dün yazmıştım ama "Add" tuşuna yıklamayı iş yoğunluğu nedeni ile unutunca kayıt edilmemiş. O yüzden orada Useful işaretli ama yorum yok :) Hoş yorum için söylenecek söz de yok ama beğenimizi belirtmeden geçmek de olmaz. Sİzden beklenen kalitede mükemmel bir kare. Teşekkürler paylaşım için. Selamlar

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-15 6:50]

Merhaba Sebnem... perfecto uso de la profundidad de campo para captar una maravillosa escena con gran punto de vista y un encuadre acorde para la presentación.
El exacto foco sobre ambas aves y el desenfoque anterior y posterior está realmente muy bien logrado con delicados colores y muy buena agudeza a pesar de la baja velocidad de la captura.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Merhaba Sebnem... perfect use of the field depth to capture a wonderful scene with great point of view and a framing in agreement for the presentation.
The exact focus on both birds and the front and rear out of focus is really very well achieved with delicate colors and very good sharpness in spite of the slow speed of the capture.
My best regards... Ricardo

Selam Şebnem Hanım
Tek kelimeyle mükemmel bir kare, çok etkileyici ,tebrikler....tfs *****
Saygılar sevgiler

Merhaba şebnem hanım,
Harika bir kompozisyon.Netlik uygulamasına hayran kaldım.Renkler süper.Eline sağlık.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-15 16:25]

Hi Sebnem,
lovely composition, those tine bubbles look like pearls on the water surface. Gorgeous POV and lovely details.

A truly wonderful shot full of interest.

Sharp and the eye is drawn through the shot from foreground to back.

Beautiful, a true inspiration!


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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-02-16 8:33]

Yağmur etkisi mükemmel olmuş. Derinlik de çok etkileyici, elinize sağlık, şahane kompozisyon.

Hello Sebnem,

well captured excllent colors bg POV DOF Perfect details very crisp nicly composed and captured photo well done and TFS Kyle

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  • babak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 234] (1202)
  • [2007-02-16 17:16]

Hello Sebnem,
Very artistic shot myfriend well done

Wow, Sebnem, I love the bubbles on the water! I've missed a couple of your recent posts, fantastic as always, and thanks for sharing.

Hope to see you in June!


Hi Sebnem ,
excellent moment and great captured.
nice colours and great sharpness, light.
splendid image.
thanks for sharing

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-17 7:31]

Hi Sebnem,
Very special picture, suggesting so well the cool rainy weather. I like so much the bubbles on the water fading more and more towards the background. Original shot.
Best regards

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2007-02-17 8:20]

sen bu işi biliyorsun...
harika olmuş gerçekten...
çok beğendim... süper yeminle...

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-17 9:42]

Hello Sebnem,
Superb capture of two mallards in heavy rain. They are sharp and well lit. The bubble effest of the raindrops falling on the the surface of the water is fantastic and creates a very artistic impression, at the same time as giving the viewer an urge to seek cover!
You must have become wet yourself.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-17 10:03]

Hello Sebnem
I like very much the splendid point of view that you chose for this marvellos picture. Sharpness is excellent, focused on those beautiful mallards.
I hope they chose righly the gifts for their mates, probably those wonderful bubbles like stars on the water.
My compliments and TFS.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-17 14:24]

Merhaba Sebnem,
Quite original and aesthetic photo of this mallards. Excellent composition, dof, colours and atmosphere.
Best regard, José M.

Los detalles de estos dos patos son fabulosos. Las gotas de lluvia dan otro aire a la escena.
Agradable fondo con un estupendo DOF.
Saludos Sebnem.
Juan Luis.

love the effects of the rain on the water! Looks like they are swimming in bubbles! Great photo and a nice one for valentines day.:o)

thanks for your commments on my photo "Looking for Lunch" :o)

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-02-17 21:02]

Very beauitful pair,lovely composition!!!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-02-17 22:36]

Sebnem, this is an unusual shot.

Maybe, I'd try to add a little bit more of lighting, but it's just an opinion.

But, at the same time, mood is great... A hard choice.

Anyway, congratulations indeed. Great pov, composition.

Merhaba Sebnem,
cok guzel bir kompozisyon.ellerine saglik.


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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2007-02-18 6:48]

Hi Sebnem,
I like the way you present vour photos. The raindrops in combination with the ducks way of swimming around is perfectly accompanied by your text,
Best regards,

Hi Sebnem
Amazing shot.
Perfect sharpness & composition.


bonjour sebnem
ce que j'aime sur cette photo c'est la multitude de petites bulles sur la surface de l'eau crée par les gouttes de pluie.
il devait vraiment faire mauvais temps!

Merhaba Sebnem,
Excelent shot under rainy condition.
Thanks for sharing.

Ben Lakitan

Love the angle of the shot, the ducks appear to stand out boldly against the rain, nice camera work!


Hello Sebnem !
What a beautiful shot ! i love all these bubbles on the water, they give a very special look to your picture, turning these common mallards into an unusual photo. Splendid composition, beautiful natural colors, excellent details. Very well done !

Hi Sebnem,

Nice image, and good to see you are still making bird photo's. I flew across Turkey, a few days ago. It looked impressive...hope to visit this year.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-19 22:44]
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Hi Şebnem

What a stunning capture of the moment with the very interesting and remarkable effects of the rain striking the water surface causing all those lovely little bubbles. The two ducks and especially those yellow beaks strike a brilliant contrast to the darkish water mass.

I like the composition and the colours, details, BG, and exposure are great.

Well done and TFS.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2007-02-20 13:48]

Hi Sebnem,
great focus and composition. I like the colours also. Friends all told You. Good job.
Gr., Aleksander

Your notes have always been REMAKABLE.
A well presented subject.
Inspite of the rain its clarity is great.
Well composed too.
Best regards,

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
  • [2007-02-22 11:33]

merhaba şebnem hanım;
Her fotonuz gibi buda muhteşem..o kabarcıklar bir başka güzellik katmış...selamlar

Hola Sebnem,
Me parece una imagen con una composición genial de gran belleza y plasticidad, mi enhorabuena. Un cordial saludo

Merhaba Sebnem;
SUPERB shot! I love the POV, blurred BG and the bubbles in water. People here in countryside tells when bubbles forms by raindrops occurs, the rain last long time.
One of your best pictures

Selam Sebnem;su baloncuklari bir harika olmus,renkler,netlik ve genel anlamda hersey kusursuz,elinize saglik....

Hi Sebnem
I love this capture of Mallards and bubbles in the water. Very artistic! I'm really impressed at the clarity of shooting RAW. I'm going to have to try the RAW mode one of these day. The quality here is awesome.
TFS Janice

Hi Sebnem,
it is unusual to see all the bubbles on the water and this looks lovely together with the ducks. You have such a talent to show us shots nobody mady before, always so special and beautiful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

photos magnifique
tu as su capturer intelligement ces canards
belle netteté

Lovely bubble bath episode with these mallards. I think that is a pretty unique shot, I never seen anything like it. It gives it a magical dreamlike feeling. :)

Hello Sebnem,
I like the accurate DOF here, creating this special effect!
Super details in the birds...
Well composed image with rich colours!
Pablo -

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-03-02 9:41]

Hi Sebnem,
your sight at the mallards in the middle of so many bubbles is very beautiful!
These mallards have very nice colours,
interesting view.
Best regards,

Hello my friend how are you???
A great shot as usually and a very clever perspective ... you are an artist!
Take care Ana:)

Magnifique ensemble. Le bec des canards donne une touche de couleurs intéressantes et les bulles donnent une impression féérique.
Bonne journée.

Incredible shot. Nice DOF. I like the bubbles on the surface of the water.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-05-30 18:45]

Hi Sebnem, this is excellent. The raindrops look so real here, your speed was perfect. you have an excellent low point of view to put put the viewer right into the action with these two ducks. Your depth of field with your 5.6 aperture worked very well here. You see the ducks but then the rain on the water gradually fades away into a blur. Very nicely done.

Thanks, John

Superb shot ! Amazing POV and lovely composition. DOF is perfect. What a fascinating image you've captured.

TFS, Mish

Belle photo de ces canard triste,bien pris, vous avez su capter cet air mélancolique. Amitiés Thomas

Harika bir bakış açısı ve sudaki kabarcıklar da çok hoş. Teşekkürler.

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