Wood Ducks

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Morris0
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I took this sitting with my feet handing off the rock retaining wall at the edge of Kissena Lake after waiting for the ducks to swim near me.

Comments and suggestions welcome,

Morris

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Morris0 wrote:

I took this sitting with my feet handing off the rock retaining wall at the edge of Kissena Lake after waiting for the ducks to swim near me.

Comments and suggestions welcome,

Morris

I think the complete head of the female would have added to the image even if it is soft.  I like the line from her eye to his but think it would be enhanced with a full face shot.

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BGD300V1 wrote:

Morris0 wrote:

I took this sitting with my feet handing off the rock retaining wall at the edge of Kissena Lake after waiting for the ducks to swim near me.

Comments and suggestions welcome,

Morris

I think the complete head of the female would have added to the image even if it is soft. I like the line from her eye to his but think it would be enhanced with a full face shot.

Thank you Brian,

Just a touch more to have the whole eye patch would have made me happier.  She surprised me when she entered the frame and I dropped the shutter and by the time I recomposed she was behind him.  Sometimes we have to take the safety shot and live with the imperfections.

Morris

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dzba Senior Member • Posts: 1,607
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Morris0 wrote:

BGD300V1 wrote:

Morris0 wrote:

I took this sitting with my feet handing off the rock retaining wall at the edge of Kissena Lake after waiting for the ducks to swim near me.

Comments and suggestions welcome,

Morris

I think the complete head of the female would have added to the image even if it is soft. I like the line from her eye to his but think it would be enhanced with a full face shot.

Thank you Brian,

Just a touch more to have the whole eye patch would have made me happier. She surprised me when she entered the frame and I dropped the shutter and by the time I recomposed she was behind him. Sometimes we have to take the safety shot and live with the imperfections.

Morris

I really like this one Morris.  Yes in a perfect world things would work out different.  Especially with wildlife, we are usually limited in approaches or options.  Many times I find myself saying thank you and settle with less than ideal situations.  Get that shot as the chance presents itself, and then try for perfect later.  Wait, and you may not get anything, let alone better.

Wood ducks I wish I saw more of.  This one is a treat to view.

Mike

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Gautam Majumdar Forum Pro • Posts: 17,711
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Nice portrait Morris

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Mikel10
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Nice closeup capture. Thanks for sharing Morris.

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I have only ever seen one in pictures.  When I was a boy,  I remember doing a picture of a wood duck with melted crayon in art class at school.

Your photo is much better.  Thanks.

I am the same about getting a shot and then working for perfect.

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Nice close-up.

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casey1823 Senior Member • Posts: 1,215
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Nice capture. Wood Ducks are beautiful. The detail is impressive.

Was this handheld?

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SierraHiker Junior Member • Posts: 46
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Very nice. I only saw my first wood duck a few weeks ago. It was very shy over 50 ft distant and between many mallards. I'm impressed with how close you got! Did you put some food out?

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dzba wrote:

Morris0 wrote:

BGD300V1 wrote:

Morris0 wrote:

I took this sitting with my feet handing off the rock retaining wall at the edge of Kissena Lake after waiting for the ducks to swim near me.

Comments and suggestions welcome,

Morris

I think the complete head of the female would have added to the image even if it is soft. I like the line from her eye to his but think it would be enhanced with a full face shot.

Thank you Brian,

Just a touch more to have the whole eye patch would have made me happier. She surprised me when she entered the frame and I dropped the shutter and by the time I recomposed she was behind him. Sometimes we have to take the safety shot and live with the imperfections.

Morris

I really like this one Morris. Yes in a perfect world things would work out different. Especially with wildlife, we are usually limited in approaches or options. Many times I find myself saying thank you and settle with less than ideal situations. Get that shot as the chance presents itself, and then try for perfect later. Wait, and you may not get anything, let alone better.

Wood ducks I wish I saw more of. This one is a treat to view.

Mike

Thank you Mike,

It is a valuable lesson to take a safety shot.  You never know

Morris

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casey1823 wrote:

Nice capture. Wood Ducks are beautiful. The detail is impressive.

Was this handheld?

Thank you Casey,

Yes handheld.  I've figured out how to make my $900 dollar lens look like a $10,000 lens.

Morris

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SierraHiker wrote:

Very nice. I only saw my first wood duck a few weeks ago. It was very shy over 50 ft distant and between many mallards. I'm impressed with how close you got! Did you put some food out?

Thank you Hiker,

No bating, just waiting.  I'm used to wood ducks being very shy yet in this park they have become used to people.

Morris

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Gautam Majumdar wrote:

Nice portrait Morris

Thank you Gautam,

Morris

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Mikel10 wrote:

Nice closeup capture. Thanks for sharing Morris.

Thank you Mike,

My pleasure to share

Morris

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macrouser wrote:

I have only ever seen one in pictures. When I was a boy, I remember doing a picture of a wood duck with melted crayon in art class at school.

Your photo is much better. Thanks.

I am the same about getting a shot and then working for perfect.

Thank you Macro,

It's always best to get the photo.

Morris

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Red Barchetta wrote:

Nice close-up.

Thank you Red

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casey1823 Senior Member • Posts: 1,215
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Morris0 wrote:

casey1823 wrote:

Nice capture. Wood Ducks are beautiful. The detail is impressive.

Was this handheld?

Thank you Casey,

Yes handheld. I've figured out how to make my $900 dollar lens look like a $10,000 lens.

Morris

I’m really liking mine also. I’m getting better at handholding it. Still like the Gimbal. 
You know I had my reservations on the lens sharpness and detail but you are right, nothing like a 900 dollar lens looking really good.

thanks

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casey1823 wrote:

Morris0 wrote:

casey1823 wrote:

Nice capture. Wood Ducks are beautiful. The detail is impressive.

Was this handheld?

Thank you Casey,

Yes handheld. I've figured out how to make my $900 dollar lens look like a $10,000 lens.

Morris

I’m really liking mine also. I’m getting better at handholding it. Still like the Gimbal.
You know I had my reservations on the lens sharpness and detail but you are right, nothing like a 900 dollar lens looking really good.

thanks

I'm glad you are enjoying the Sigma 150-600 C

Morris

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