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Sunset: Family heading to the pond
Sunset: Family heading to the pond

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Challenge: Family (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Beacon Hill Park
Date: Jul 4, 2005
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jul 6, 2005

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Place: 135 out of 159
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Votes: 249
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/17/2005 11:45:30 PM
I'm not sure why you cropped the head off the mother duck, but it's a bit odd. Either keeping the head in the picture, or a tighter cropping around the ducklings would help I think. The ducklings are very cute!
07/14/2005 10:27:21 PM
i think this could of worked without the mother's head...but you really needed to show a lower angle and definitely gotten her feet involved. the way you've done it she just looks decapitated. i really like the 1 bird closest to the mom. but i don't like that bird compositional centered. the blur on the 1 next to it is a bit distracting so i think a quicker shutter might have improved the overall picture, eventhough the focus on the mother bird's feathers is very good. i hope this is helpful
07/14/2005 05:02:11 PM
I think that the mother duck should have been included/excluded all of the way, instead of just partly. The whole image is not very sharp.
07/14/2005 01:52:15 PM
Good concept, an image of a mother protecting her young. Side angle works well.

A series of technical issues hurt this image. The centered composition, though not bad, might be more visually appealing if the you applied a different compositional arrangement such applying the rule of thirds. By far the most interesting part of the image is the ducklings and they should be highlighted as much as possible. A closer crop of the ducklings would show the viewer more detail.

The colors seem weak, particularly the green of the grass. It also looks like the shutter speed was slow because one of the ducklings is out of focus due to movement. A wider aperture at a faster shutter speed would have helped. You might consider light dodging of the rear duckling to bring out more detail out of the shadows.

Lastly, the grass kinda has that digital "fuzzy oversharpened" look. I struggle with overcoming that in a lot of my images. One way is to duplicate the background to another layer, apply gassian blur to soften the image and reduce the opacity of the burred layer to around 20% or so. That takes some of the edge off the fine detail in the grass.
07/14/2005 01:18:42 PM
whis you had cough the head inside the frame too.
07/13/2005 07:31:04 AM
This would be better if you could see Mommy ducks head.
07/12/2005 10:18:58 PM
The focus is really good on the ducks, but the color balanace feels off. I'm not sure what PP you did, but an auto color/auto levels, a cooling filter, or a reduction in the Red channel would have helped out alot.
07/12/2005 03:21:40 PM
Should have kept mama duck's head in the shot, IMO.
07/12/2005 08:46:25 AM
the headless mom kills the pic. either have her in or as much as possible out..
07/12/2005 06:41:55 AM
color tones look a bit off, and it's a real shame to cut the head off the mother.
07/11/2005 09:15:15 PM
I'm a fan of tight crops, however this one is a little tight to suit me. Definitelyfits the challenge title, though.
07/11/2005 06:35:43 PM
Not nice of you to cut of the moms head.
07/11/2005 02:58:10 PM
Would've liked to have the mother bird's head in the photo.
07/11/2005 12:24:58 PM
The colors are a bit harsh and I would have liked to see all of Mother Duck.
07/11/2005 11:34:10 AM
This would work if you hadn't cut Mama's head off. As is... its just not very attractive an image. Would you frame and hang this on a wall?
07/11/2005 07:40:23 AM
ya cut off mommy's head
07/11/2005 02:08:28 AM
why in the world would you decapitate the mother by this composition?! totally ruins the shot
07/11/2005 01:33:06 AM
That Momma duck has lost her head!!
07/11/2005 12:55:20 AM
AWWW WIsh we could see the mother's head. IT seems a tad overexposed. I wish it were a bit sharper as well.
07/11/2005 12:42:37 AM
Too bad the mother's head is cut off.

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