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Old Nov 12, 2012, 7:07 PM   #1
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Default Some birds with the 45-200

The slower moving they are, the better.

I make fun of myself because I must of taken about a thousand pictures of ducks that all basically look the same. Every once in a while there's a (semi) interesting one though.

Mid-quack spit bubbles:



B&W seagulls. Black and white ("Blue High-Contrast filter" preset in LR) . . .

partly because I thought it was more dramatic, partly because it made the blue handrail look a little less disgusting.

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These are really fun and well done images. Fun to see the mallard drake getting some quack time too.
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I really like what you have done with the gulls, the depth effect created by the zoom lens adds a great deal as does the way the first one is turned the other way.

Also there is a rule in photography that if you see a duck you should take a picture of it, so good job there too, the catch light in the eyes of the male (drake - green head) is great.
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I really like what you have done with the gulls, the depth effect created by the zoom lens adds a great deal as does the way the first one is turned the other way.

Also there is a rule in photography that if you see a duck you should take a picture of it, so good job there too, the catch light in the eyes of the male (drake - green head) is great.
I agree. Good job.
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Thanks guys. I like that one too. Someone suggested to me that I try to "clone" out the one other gull that's looking the other direction. That would look neat, but I think I'm going to leave it. I either don't have the right software or the right knowledge to do it well anyhow.

I have almost as many duck pictures as I do of Canadian geese. Those things just stay here year round anymore. They're like pigeons these days--giant, dirty, mean pigeons.
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Thanks guys. I like that one too. Someone suggested to me that I try to "clone" out the one other gull that's looking the other direction. That would look neat, but I think I'm going to leave it. I either don't have the right software or the right knowledge to do it well anyhow.
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No, no. Don't try to clone it out. IMHO it is the bird out of step with the others which adds a unique interest to the pose.
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No, no. Don't try to clone it out. IMHO it is the bird out of step with the others which adds a unique interest to the pose.

Yeah, they take direction pretty well, don't they.

I tried to see what I could do with the one towards the back just to see if I could do it (not to replace this image) and failed miserably. Really, all I really did with this was change it to black and white and crop it to 16x9; and unlike other shots that I agonize over, I like it just fine the way it is. There's something weird going on with the out-of-focus areas of the birds in the front's legs, but what that is is over my head anyhow.
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