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Anas platyrhynchos - Mallard
Anas platyrhynchos - Mallard

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Off-Centered Subject II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO IF for Canon
Location: nr. Saddleworth moor, Yorkshire
Date: Jan 28, 2006
Aperture: F/6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/250 sec
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jan 29, 2006

Just got myself a new camera, and was walking along the canal, took this picture still unsure of all the controls and ended up with this unusual shot. I'm sure some will think it fake, so I've tried to be as detailed as possible in the details here.

1) Crop, Levels, Crop, Curves (to darken)
2) USM, Hue/Sat (increase duck colours a little, and make the water a little more natural)
3) Crop, Image Size, USM
4) Save for web

Place: 56 out of 357
Avg (all users): 6.1081
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 5.9754
Avg (non-participants): 6.3651
Views since voting: 1152
Views during voting: 246
Votes: 185
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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02/06/2006 03:13:55 PM
Gave this an 8. Worked well. Even sharper would have made it even better, but difficult.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/05/2006 11:47:11 PM
Quite a capture! 7
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02/04/2006 08:59:01 PM
Great close-up, using off-centered as the focus of this image.....
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02/04/2006 12:46:46 AM
Wow ... it's beautiful but almost doesn't look real. Nice composition and the bubbles make it unusual.
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01/31/2006 07:21:44 PM
Very nice! 10
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01/30/2006 04:35:46 PM
Superb sharpness. I love the glossy the bill, and the water looks almost like silk.
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01/30/2006 03:24:00 AM
WOW! the movement in the water makes this a stunning shot...crystal clear crisp focus and wonderful droplets on the head 9
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01/30/2006 01:57:14 AM
maybe just a little too much neat image smoothing. Great effect on water.
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01/30/2006 01:40:20 AM
Took me a minute .. it is fake isn't it ... hehehe
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01/30/2006 12:59:09 AM
strange that the duck is so crisp but the water looks like a long exposure.
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01/30/2006 12:42:12 AM
hard time telling if that is a real duck or an extremely well painted decoy, nice macro in either case
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