Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Post Your Photos > Photo Critiques

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Jan 16, 2006, 2:43 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
pj1974's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Posts: 2,914
Default

Hi Dustin!

These are indeed great shots of a fantastic duck. (I agree the duck seems to know it's a handsome one itself!)

You have done a good job working together with a good lens - fora very satisfactory (understatement!) outcome!

The water looks maybe a bit too "silky / mercury-like" if you know what I mean.... (that's just my subjective opinion, and I'm not sure if that's what Jules meant in her post and what you were referring to as well when you replied to that...)

But otherwise these two photos are great. I wish you all the best with your school competition. I think these two photos compliment each other as one the duck is on the rocks (no pun intended) and the other it is in the water. Let us know how you go.

Paul
pj1974 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 16, 2006, 6:25 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
SteveDak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,471
Default

Everything's been said already - that first shot is great, make a good 'waterfowl series' place mat, although the water doesn't do much for me.
SteveDak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 16, 2006, 6:40 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
In search of Syd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 1,657
Default

Great shots as you know dustin, Hows about sharing with us newbies, some tips and tricks that'll hopefully get us taking really good photos like this.

Regards,

ISoS
In search of Syd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 17, 2006, 11:01 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Old Jim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 565
Default

Absolutely Stunning. Critiques of these photographs in my book would be invalid. I view allot of wildlife shots in National Geo and others and have never seen better photographs of the American WoodDuck. Great Shots.
Old Jim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 17, 2006, 11:22 AM   #15
Senior Member
 
DrDictionary1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 194
Default

Wow, Dustin. Those shots are fantastic. I actually like the cool watery mercurious effect, too. Good stuff!
Mike
DrDictionary1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 17, 2006, 11:50 AM   #16
Super Moderator
 
Hards80's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 9,046
Default

thank you everyone for all the kind words..all comments are always appreciated..the winter is a great time to work on wildlife photos as most animals have all of their fur or feathers for insulation so they just look better, and landscapes and other nature photography is not as well suited for the winter..

funny you should mention magazines jim, i actually looked into submitting to ducks unlimited these and some others, as they offer a open submission policy, so they keep your pics on file and use them if they ever need them.. but they are STILL taking only transparencies... which seems rather odd, since wildlife photogs were one of the first to switch to digital for the longer reach with the crop factors and the cropping abilities..

Syd, you mentioned tips and tricks.. Well, there are no tricks, but for tips on wildlife.. i would say the biggest advice i can give is be patient.. don't just see an animal and shoot it right away.. watch it for a while, learn its habits, and consider what kind of "pose" you are looking for.. by studying his habits, you can learn to anticipate what will be done next and that will give you a better chance of getting a good pose.. for example, for the first woodduck shot, i watched him and snapped off a few shots here and there for 25-30 minutes.. the other advice i can give is get the longest lens you can find.. 400mm is even a bit short for me sometimes.. and use a monopod or tripod unless you have image stabilization.. even then i use every make shift rest i can fine, such as trees, fences etc to rest on..

thanks again!
-dustin
Hards80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 17, 2006, 12:22 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
LadyhawkVA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 2,374
Default

Great photos of a handsome creature. Good work.
LadyhawkVA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 18, 2006, 10:41 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 174
Default

Nice photos with beautifull subject...my complain it's about the lack of life. They look too much like porcelain dools.
mad_grll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 18, 2006, 10:57 AM   #19
Super Moderator
 
Hards80's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 9,046
Default

thanks andrew.. always appreciate your input..

do you have these ducks over there? because they are so colorful they even look painted in real life..

-dustin


here is one with "more life", though its not as good of photo..
Hards80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 18, 2006, 11:29 AM   #20
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 174
Default

Really wooden ducks...awesome colors...with the proper light i supose. But i don't know what 2 say.....the last one it has more life indeed and with the proper croop (i think in this case you could fill the entire frame with them)...and with a nicier selective sharpening and more blurr in some zones this one could be awesome


Cheers man
mad_grll is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 7:55 PM.