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Old Dec 1, 2015, 10:15 PM   #1
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Default Common Goldeneye

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nice! i haven't seen any common goldeneyes yet this winter. i really love the colored reflection in the second shot... what's causing that?
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nice! i haven't seen any common goldeneyes yet this winter. i really love the colored reflection in the second shot... what's causing that?
Thanks, Rocky! The red color on the water is a reflection from a red plastic raft on a backyard dock.
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Thanks, Rocky! The red color on the water is a reflection from a red plastic raft on a backyard dock.
ah, okay... i thought it might be from a tree or something. funny how the duck's eye looks like some kind of crazed speed freak...
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I agree with Rocky. That water color and pattern is crazy. I, also, thought it might be from fall leaves.
I love the subject, but one small critique, if I may. I don't know what your shutter and aperture settings were but the whites are really blown out. This is a problem I had and still have as well. I have had better success when I close my aperture a little and up the speed. I have been shooting in manual mode and have found that with reasonable light I can shoot at f/8 with 1/1250sec with pretty good success. Of course adjust as needed but it might help with the blown out whites. Goldeneye's are a tough subject to begin with because of the high contrast between the white cheek patch and sides and the dark body. I am still trying to perfect this myself. Anyway just my 2 cents worth.

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Update on shooting high contrast birds. Don't listen to me. I was trying to shoot Bufflehead ducks today and totally blew out the whites. I was trying Aperture mode and failed miserably. LOL
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Steve, thanks for the advice! I am trying but seldom get it right. The control of the whites depends on the lighting which controls me most of the time.
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