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China Doll - Mandarin Drake

China Doll - Mandarin Drake
Photo Information
Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon CP 8800, Nikkor 8.9-89mm 2.8
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-09-25 5:05
Viewed: 5229
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"A man should hear a little music, read a little
poetry and see a fine picture every day of his life,
in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the
sense of beautiful which God has implanted in the
human soul."

Johannes Wolfgang von Goethe (1742 - 1832) German writter

Technical notes:

Subject: A drake Mandarin duck (Aix galericulata)
Place: village of Sanmartin de Beius, nearby my hometown
Country: Romania
Camera : Nikon CP 8800
Lens : f89.00 mm(digital) incorporated
Resolution : 5 mpg.
File : TIF (original, then jpeg)
Speed : 1/12.5
Aperture : F5.2
Focus: AF
EV : -0.0
ISO : 100
Mode : P
Saturation: +1
WB: sunny
Metering : center weighted
Lightning: natural outdoors, uncontrolled
Xtras : Nikon VR stabilizer on
Flash: none
Support : Handheld
Additional note*: Why is this superb duck called mandarine ? Because it is an endemic animal specific to China and it inspired the European travelers to call it that way after observing the local Chinese nobility, the mandarines, that carried themselves with grace and always fancied colorful silks and their hairstyle resembled the ducks mullet. They are also observed in the forests and lakes of Siberia and Japan. Its particular beauty made European travelers spread it and breed it all over the Old World via England, I believe - Radu F.

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An interesting POV here Radu.The background of green makes this duck look so different.I'd like to breed these if I ever get a chance.

Radu, very good shot. Great POV and very good details. Good visual impact. TFS.

Good composition, I love the color, Maybe a bit more sharpen, but only a bit. Thanks Radu.

Hi Radu,

Excellent shot and well don eon the POV.

The composition would be more effective if the space on the left was minimal as the duck is looking right. I find your subject too centered. A slight increase in contrast will make your image "Pop" and a very slight increase in USM is needed.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-09-26 2:45]

Unusual POV of this gorgeous duck, Radu. Great shot with sharp details and beautiful colors. Well done and TFS. : )

Hi, radu, just picking one shot from your impressive and diverse gallery. The colors are simply wonderful, feeding off each other to create a rich but beautifully subdued harmony of autumnal tones.

The Mandarin duck is a very pretty water fowl, I personally would of tried to get the whole duck in the picture simply because everything about this bird is cool, or I would of zoomed in to get a nice side profile of the head that shows off the majority of this birds appealing features. The back end of this duck is out of focus and because of that it's the first thing the viewer sees. Paul :)

Hi Radu

You have done a great job here. Image has very good depth of colour. Clarity and sharpness are spot on. I love these exotic ducks. Well done. :-)

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