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geoffs Dec 29, 2004 9:33 PM

Yes, even birds have to work the kinks out of their skeletal and muscular systems. In this case, it's a mallard drake...

First one - in full stretch - Canon 20D, 1/200 @ f/5.6, 300/4L IS with 1.4xTC (420mm), ISO 800, -1/3 EC, cropped, curves, USM:

Second one- now that feels better! Parameters as in first shot:

photosbyvito Dec 29, 2004 10:28 PM

very nice work geoff!

the first one is great, sharp where it should be, and the blur of the wings is great!

nice comp too :)

the second is very nice too, but the wings aren't as spread...

nice geoff!


Normcar Dec 30, 2004 12:37 AM

Great job again, Geoff. Even the drake appears pleased with your performance.

geoffs Dec 30, 2004 12:55 AM

Actually, it was me applauding his performance. I get the kudos for the photos and he comes out with nothing to show for it. Perhaps I'll bring him some grain the next time I go visit... ;)

smac Dec 30, 2004 3:59 PM

Nice color balance in the shots. I like the tippy toes stance in the first picture. Was it a sunny day or cloudy like it's been down here in Unsunny California? Forget the grain. I think a PBJ sandwhich might yield more humors results. Just kidding.:lol:

For being so common, Mallard sure have pretty colors.


geoffs Dec 30, 2004 4:14 PM

Thanks, smac. It's been cloudy most days, just as it was on the day I took these pictures. Today is partly sunny and I'll try and go out and get some more shots later this afternoon.

smac Dec 30, 2004 5:22 PM

BTW geoffs, I was able to find a Mac demo version of NeatImage and I am playing around with it. I will probably go ahead and buy the full Plugin. Thanks for all the help.

geoffs Dec 31, 2004 1:47 AM

Hey, smac, I'm glad I could point you in a useful direction. NeatImage is a useful, often indispensable, tool for many digital images. You'll appreciate it.

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