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Wingspan (wing symmetry)
Wingspan (wing symmetry)
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Challenge: Symmetry (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: Near the Bobeldijk, West Friesland, Netherlands
Date: Mar 30, 2003
Aperture: F5
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/900s
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Mar 30, 2003

A couple of ducks were fighting over some chicks. This one couldn't handle it and fled. It is airborne only for a few seconds now, but up to speed, I had to pan (follow the subject while exposing) pretty fast. It was flapping its wings like mad, but fortunately the shutter captured a full wingspread so I had the perfect symmetery of the wings and tail. It was cool to actually capture the duck 4 times during the pan, it moved sooo fast! Gives me some hope for the motorcycle race I will be attending next week. And the camera was able to get a focus lock during the panning........ 602's rock!

Cameratech: -2/3 exposure bias, aperture priority, 5 frames per second continious shooting, auto whitebalance, UV filter, full telezoom (210mm eqv).

Post-processing: Cropped a very small part out of the original frame. I was already at the end of the zoom so much of the frame is empty space.
Resampled. Unsharp masked. Save for the web.

Statistics
Place: 75 out of 226
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Views since voting: 864
Votes: 191
Comments: 20
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04/06/2003 10:14:20 PM
Great captrue!
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04/05/2003 05:37:13 PM
Just as a thought.....chop this image so only to enclude the top of the top wing (that is the symetric fan shape), with a little of the teal/blue of the wing for interest.
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04/04/2003 09:51:23 PM
wow!
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04/04/2003 06:24:04 PM
Nice focus on the mallard. I think this is a great shot, but the blurring background blends with the wings a little and distracts me from the subject. This is a nice pan focus shot, but I wonder how it would look if a higher shutter speed could have been used to stop the motion of the background as well.
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04/04/2003 12:09:56 PM
Nice catch.
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04/04/2003 10:50:21 AM
Just awesome nature shot. Too bad the stuff under him wasn't in focus. But still a very good shot. I think a little tighter crop would've done him some good if you had the pixels to spare. Great job -9
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04/04/2003 12:57:26 AM
I try to shoot ducks in flight frequently -- it's not all that easy. Good job!
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04/03/2003 02:33:12 PM
nice pic. good job.
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04/02/2003 09:17:51 PM
it's a nice picture but not very symmetrical
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04/02/2003 03:29:42 PM
Great shot but symmetry is pushing it
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04/01/2003 10:32:14 PM
Amazing shot! Great balance on the wings and very solid sharpness and focus in the rest of the shot.
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04/01/2003 02:22:27 PM
nice clear image, good idea
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03/31/2003 09:36:03 PM
Duck in nicle in focus. I wish the backgorund were less cluttered and the angle showed the symmetry.
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03/31/2003 04:41:38 PM
This is beautifully done. Perhaps the background could be digitally darkened, lightened or blurred for more effect.
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03/31/2003 01:03:24 PM
Nice capture and conforms well to the topic.
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03/31/2003 09:48:09 AM
I would have cropped it a little more to focus more on wingspan
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03/31/2003 09:11:09 AM
Great capture. But I'm not carried away with the title to meet the challenge.
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03/31/2003 07:20:32 AM
Very good dof and clarity

I wonder if it took a lot of tries to capture this shot
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/31/2003 05:25:38 AM
Nice capture! You could have been a tiny bit more creative dealing with the challenge, though. (Shit, I'm starting to sound like my mother in law ;o)
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03/31/2003 03:36:27 AM
Lovely shot - the image itself isn't symmetrical but I see the symmetry at which you're pointing. You've done very well to catch the duck in motion with such clarity. The wings are symmetrical, too! 8.
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