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Challenge: Free Study VIII (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Flat Rock, MI
Date: Apr 4, 2005
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Apr 5, 2005

Someone commented that they didn't think the shot was accidental, and they were right. There was some plannning involved. This generally won't work for pond or park ducks. Pond ducks can swim away, and park ducks just don't really care. Anyway, I have a small creek where I get a lot of wildlife shots, and the ducks have to fly to elude me. This mallard chose the location and I chose the time of day. From earlier observation I knew about where he'd be at, so I pre-focused, so the lens wouldn't have to hunt that hard. After that it was just like skeet shooting. I had him in the sites, and just had to track him on a four shot series. Top 30 might not sound that great, but there is always exceptional photography in the free challenges, and the drake did finish in the 94th percentile.

Place: 29 out of 507
Avg (all users): 6.5248
Avg (commenters): 7.1111
Avg (participants): 6.3730
Avg (non-participants): 7.0175
Views since voting: 4134
Views during voting: 404
Votes: 242
Comments: 31
Favorites: 2 (view)

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03/11/2007 05:35:01 AM
Amazing shot!
04/27/2005 11:45:39 AM
great color
04/26/2005 03:38:02 AM
This is a great picture. I can't believe it came in at 29th? I thought it was a ribbon winner. Two people scored it a 3? OMG, their monitors must have been black and white? You should sell this to a magazine. Its cover worthy.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/25/2005 10:35:43 PM
lovely colors and a very contrasting subject from background..
04/25/2005 07:57:10 PM
Great lens ,great photo,I like it 10 !
04/25/2005 07:50:24 PM
excellent capture. love the details and colors. i'm not sure, but i don't think shots like this are accidental. hope this does well for you. good luck!
04/25/2005 01:04:54 PM
Great timing. I`d love to put this through neatimage just to smooth out the background.8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/25/2005 12:24:24 PM
wonderful catch. Great focus and capture of the action.
04/24/2005 01:32:20 PM
Wow! I wish I knew how you get a shot like that.
04/24/2005 09:57:37 AM
I really like birds in flight. I would have like to see more of the mallards suroundings. great shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/24/2005 07:15:00 AM
colours & focus are superb, maybe a touch more negative space would have benefited.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/24/2005 03:08:06 AM
Lovely colors!
04/24/2005 01:49:17 AM
WOW, great contrast, focus and clarity
04/22/2005 09:41:39 PM
A rare example of a flying bird photo which actually looks as pretty as it was difficult to take.
04/21/2005 05:03:54 PM
What a capture! Impressive.
04/21/2005 06:25:15 AM
stunning colour on this beautiful bird nicely captured
04/21/2005 05:27:23 AM
EDIT: "unhelpful" comment removed by voter

Message edited by author 2005-10-05 06:23:33.
04/21/2005 03:35:53 AM
well executed. 8
04/21/2005 12:56:47 AM
Lovely stop action photo of this drake. Excellent coloring and bokeh effect.
04/21/2005 12:19:12 AM
04/20/2005 08:08:25 PM
Tough capture. Like it.
04/19/2005 10:40:45 PM
great shot 10
04/19/2005 07:54:23 PM
The timing & DOF are just perfect
04/19/2005 01:23:06 PM
beautiful shot of a common subject.
04/19/2005 09:53:18 AM
nice capture. great color. b&w's good. nice comp.
04/19/2005 09:27:20 AM
Interesting background. Looks like you may have intentionally left in the color noise or maybe added it to be different. Still a great capture.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/19/2005 04:42:46 AM
Excellent capture.
04/19/2005 02:41:35 AM
suh-weet! Outstanding capture! Great color - all great!
04/19/2005 01:53:03 AM
Nice shot!
04/19/2005 12:11:49 AM
beautiful and nice shot!
04/19/2005 12:11:16 AM
Stunning! So clear and the background so wonderfully and totally out of focus. Great shot!

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