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Apr 14, 2015 21:43 |  #1

I had fun photographing some of these ducks yesterday. I'm still practicing and learning photography, but I thought I would share these. :-)

This is the first set I've shared here. :-D Since I am still learning, feedback is appreciated!

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Apr 14, 2015 21:49 |  #2

Welcome and nice, starter set!

Exposure looks quite good; in post-processing you might try pulling the highlights down a little bit. They look a bit 'hot' in the white areas.

Black/white birds are some of the toughest to get exposure right on in direct light like that; so you're doing well so far :)


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Apr 14, 2015 22:05 |  #3

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Welcome and nice, starter set!

Exposure looks quite good; in post-processing you might try pulling the highlights down a little bit. They look a bit 'hot' in the white areas.

Black/white birds are some of the toughest to get exposure right on in direct light like that; so you're doing well so far :)

Thank you!

Yes, I actually did pull down the highlights of the white in all three photos. I'm finding it difficult to obtain a balance between "white" and "dirty-looking".  :p I'm sure I'll get it right with some practice though. :-)

Thank you for the feedback!


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Apr 14, 2015 23:03 |  #4

Very nice! looking good, keep shooting! :-)


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Apr 14, 2015 23:18 |  #5

They look great to me. Keep coming back!


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Apr 15, 2015 01:13 |  #6

daverator wrote in post #17517665 (external link)
Very nice! looking good, keep shooting! :-)

Thanks, daverator! I will! :)

Beekeeper wrote in post #17517676 (external link)
They look great to me. Keep coming back!

Thanks, Beekeeper! I'll try my best! :)


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Apr 15, 2015 01:16 |  #7

Good set with the first being my favorite, canny job on the exposure and great feather definition


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Apr 15, 2015 03:42 |  #8

Very nice series, really like the first photo.


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Apr 15, 2015 07:55 |  #9

I'd say you are on the right track, Melissa; good job and welcome to the forum.


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Apr 15, 2015 10:37 |  #10

Very nice! The first photos are the hardest to post! I would be tickled with these shots, and I've been practicing for years!


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Apr 15, 2015 11:52 |  #11

cannylad wrote in post #17517764 (external link)
Good set with the first being my favorite, canny job on the exposure and great feather definition

Thanks so much, Brian! The first one is my favorite as well. :-)

frozenframe wrote in post #17517869 (external link)
Very nice series, really like the first photo.

Thanks, Ron! Glad you like them!

CDMOOSE wrote in post #17518051 (external link)
I'd say you are on the right track, Melissa; good job and welcome to the forum.

Thank you, Al!

SJC from VT wrote in post #17518244 (external link)
Very nice! The first photos are the hardest to post! I would be tickled with these shots, and I've been practicing for years!

Thanks, Sandy! Yes, they were hard to post! ;-)a haha


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Apr 15, 2015 14:46 |  #12

Great start! As a duck person, who loves shooting them, may I give you one of the best, if not THE best tip for shooting them?

Shoot as low as you physically can to the water. I know you were pretty low here, but the closer to water level, the more natural look in the image, and it makes a HUGE difference :)


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Apr 15, 2015 16:49 |  #13

Nice shot!!! Great first post!!

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Apr 15, 2015 20:18 |  #14

You sure got some beautiful subjects to photograph. Well done.


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Apr 15, 2015 21:25 |  #15

J.Litton wrote in post #17518562 (external link)
Great start! As a duck person, who loves shooting them, may I give you one of the best, if not THE best tip for shooting them?

Shoot as low as you physically can to the water. I know you were pretty low here, but the closer to water level, the more natural look in the image, and it makes a HUGE difference :)

Great tip... Thanks! I was basically in a squating position for most of the shots, so I could have been lower for sure.

I just took a look at your Whistling Duck photos. Wow! If you have any other tips you'd like to share with me, feel free! ;-)a

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Nice shot!!! Great first post!!

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Thank you, Steve!

butterfly2937 wrote in post #17519011 (external link)
You sure got some beautiful subjects to photograph. Well done.

Thank you! Yes, they are such beautiful ducks. :-)


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