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The magic of light ..... and subject placement

Discussion in 'Birds' started by gillesk, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. gillesk


    Dec 31, 2007
    Alberta -Canada
    The following 2 photographs were taken within 4 minutes from one another.

    This first image was shot with the subject in an area where the overcast sky was brightly reflected in the water.

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    Then the subject moved a few metres under the cover on a fallen tree and the deep green reflection of the folliage on the water. Time to change the camera orientation to vertical as well as agjust a few exposure settings ......

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    Hope some of you will find something interesting in either of these.
    Thank you for looking.
  2. Both images are very good, I lean toward the second on as a favorite. Excellent work on both of these though, as usual.
  3. Amazing! Made me realize I need to get out more.
  4. cre8foru


    Dec 1, 2007
    Atlanta GA
    I LOVE the way you composed the second one.
  5. Amazing! Made me realize I need to LEARN more.

  6. I'm with them, I need to learn more and get out more.

    Both shots are excellent but that second one is hands down my favorite of the two, the green refelection in the water really sets it off and the detail on his face and reflection in the water are superb, almost looks like a painting.
  7. NYracefan


    Nov 19, 2008
    Amazing images!

    What kind of ducks are these?
  8. gillesk


    Dec 31, 2007
    Alberta -Canada
    Hi Louis,
    Thank you so much.

    Hello Diane and thank you.

    Hello Rich,
    Always nice to work on composition even bending the rules on occasions can work.

    Hello Bobby,
    Learning every day too.

    Hello Jon,
    Thank you. Glad you find them interesting. I just like photographs to look somewhat different: in both composition and style.

    Thank you.
    These are Juvenile Wood Ducks. They will be here until the pond freezes over and in a few weeks they will be full grown with all their colors showing.
  9. NYracefan


    Nov 19, 2008
    Thought they looked like Wood Ducks, but without all the color it threw me off. I have never seen a juvenile Woody before.
  10. Very nice captures. #2 is my favorite the deep greens and details are just great!
  11. kichu


    Oct 25, 2008
    another vote for number 2... its not that nr 1 is bad... it's just i like the mood of nr 2 better

    good job
  12. Beautiful reflection! I like #2 best Gillesk.
  13. Excellent work. #2 is tops!
  14. ArtScott


    Jul 11, 2009
    #2 is faved by far..........shooting in manual????
  15. Very nice example of how a minor change can make all the difference in a photo!
  16. Tim O

    Tim O

    Jun 11, 2006
    No doubt about it Gilles a perfect example of what a little
    light change can do.Thanks for sharing.
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