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Old May 11, 2008, 5:19 PM   #1
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Had the luck to spot this family today, up till now I've spotted a male duck sometimes,
but never the lady or the childeren.

All taken with K10d, Sigma 100-300 ex at f7.1 (after testing this came out as the sharpest the lens gets) iso 100, 300mm

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Old May 11, 2008, 6:20 PM   #2
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Spectacular Ronnie! Very sharp and vibrant colors!

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Spectacular Ronnie! Very sharp and vibrant colors!

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These are way cool, Ronny! I'm embarrassed by my barn shots just posted after seeing how crisp yours are.

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Wonderful shots! What beautiful ducks, and the chicks are so cute, you can almost feel the down.
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Excellent photos of a spectacular duck, Ronny.

You may know this, but some others may not: The Mandarin, the most ornate of ducks, was brought to the West from captivity in China long ago (hence the name), and thought to exist only in captivity. Closely related to the North American Wood Duck and unknown in the wild, it was thought either to be extinct in the wild or to be a product of selective breeding. Not long ago, a wild population was found in a remote and seldom visitedarea of eastern Asia, in the region of the Sakhalin Peninsula. It is not know whether the captivebirds originatedfrom that remote spot, or elsewhereif the isolatedwild population is a relict of a once wider distribution.
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Old May 12, 2008, 8:27 AM   #7
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@jelpee

thanks for the nice comments

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thanks Patty, those barn shot's weren't that bad, considering you had the iso at 1600. I'm not gonna tell you how many times I forgot to look at the settings before taking a picture. My latest setting to forget is to turn the sr back on after using a tripod.:roll:

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thanks, we have some of them in the neighborhood. They are normally very shy but they were inbetween a large bunch of other ducks and must have felt real safe. This was the first time I had the luck to find a lady duck. Let alone the little ones.
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You made your equipment sing, Ronny!! All are keepers

Regarding the most natural vivid colours, Iassume thatthey're raw conversions..
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@bahadir

first of thanks and yep, your correct - all are raw conversions.

I've been trying to expose the shots a bit to the right so that the whites in jpg are just overexposed. (always shoot raw+jpg) Then in raw I turn the ev about -.4/-.8 down, to get rid of the overexposure. Then I'll adjust the clarity,vibrance,saturation, up to max (clarity +10, vibrance +5, saturation +5)

This is something I try with most of my shots. I've got the tendency to underexpose and loose to much detail. (the histogram has more grayvalues at the right of the curve than the left, so you can correct better with turning the ev down than up.)

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