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Very tame duck that seemed to enjoy posing
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nice close up
A good close up that shows a large amount of detail from the front of the duck to the back - this is important as it shows you have judged the depth of field well - no mean feat when you are working so close and the subject is liable to move. A good degree of background blur is also shown. The colour rendition is also good, and you've managed to capture the much sought after catch light in the eye.
On the negative side: although the background is blurred, it is still quite busy and consequently distracting. I often find that with nature shots the background can be one the hardest elements to master - I'm not even close yet. Second, I'm not a fan of the composition. As a portrait of a ducks head it works, but I'm unsure of what to read into this - is it intended as a record shot? For me (and this is just personal taste) either a shot showing the ducks context, or a true abstract - e.g. a macro view of some feather detail - would have had greater impact. For context, show more of the duck and some of it's surroundings.
Still its a competent attempt - and for the plusses (which out weigh the negatives) you should be pleased.
A truly exellent capture, good colours and very sharp.
I like the detail in the plumage, your focus was on the mark. On the other hand I have to agree with sherlob that the background is a bit distracting. While it is not easy to get the background you want when shooting in the wild there are things that you could do to make it less predominate. Consider adjust the background levels and darken which could add more depth to your shot. You could also set surface blur to the background and soften it even more.
As far a shooting the subject when I see that I am going to have a distracting BG I always set the F stop to 4, this will focus on the main subject while naturally blurring the BG.
Lovely pic and gorgeous duck...
Theres not a lot I can say that Adam has not, but I think its a good shot and the plus's do outway the negatives by a very long way, keep up the good work. - gary
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