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Challenge: Birds In Flight (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2011 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4.0D IF-ED
Location: Presque'Ile Ontario
Date: Mar 20, 2011
Aperture: f.5.6
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/1250
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Mar 22, 2011

A mallard drake coming in to land on a quiet patch of water near a dock that was a nice, well worn-in yellow. So hope it helps to offset the drake and not overwhelm him!

Presque'Ile, just south of Trenton Ontario, is a major migratory route for all kinds of waterfowl. Ryan and I saw and shot Buffleheads, Goldeneyes, Trumpeter and Mute swans, common species of duck like the Mallard, and a few other waterbirds a little trickier to identify. We also saw many seagulls, but they came in handy...we used them as flying white cards! :-)

pp: RAW-TIFF conversion, straighten horizon, crop, brightness/contrast, saturation(?) resize, sharpen, save for web

Place: 35 out of 114
Avg (all users): 5.8000
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
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Avg (non-participants): 5.9618
Views since voting: 783
Views during voting: 371
Votes: 220
Comments: 8
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/28/2011 09:44:44 AM
Love the reflection on this. I would have liked the top 1/4 cropped off. It's interesting as far as a setting goes, but I'm not sure it really adds that much. the duck and the reflection are so much more interesting. (just looking, not voting)
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03/27/2011 01:15:22 PM
Pretty cool, in my opinion it would be even better if it is cropped without the steel barrier.
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03/26/2011 08:42:28 PM
This is a very good photograph, LOVE your reflection almost as sharp as the bird. My only suggestion is to have cropped the yellow dock or pier out of the picture. It stands on it's own very well with out the background.
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03/25/2011 02:05:52 PM
The stuff at the top of the image is distracting and I think really sabotages this awesome image. I love the pose and the reflection!
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03/24/2011 04:28:27 PM
The reflection appears so crisp and crystal clear! The tones in the water provide a serene backdrop to an otherwise active image! 7
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03/24/2011 12:41:41 AM
Perfect timing - excellent sense of anticipation and the reflection is great!
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03/23/2011 06:03:34 PM
i would have love to see this from the front side
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03/23/2011 01:08:12 AM
pretty reflection, maybe a tighter crop
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