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A male Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) taken at WWT Arundel the other day. He appeared in a feeder area, away from the water. This image is virtually full frame - just cropped a tad from the RHS. V2 is digitally manipulated with the background blurred using a gaussian blur.
Many thanks for your C&Cs on my last upload - very much appreciated as always Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:700mm 6.8m from subject tripod
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Mandarin Duck Portrait
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:19 Apr 2011 - 7:39 PM
Tags:Aix-galericulata, Captive birds, Close -up, Duck, Male, Mandarin, Portrait, Waterbird, Waterfowl, Wildlife / nature
Votes:31
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2011 - 7:56 PM

Excellent close-up portraits. Such beautiful ducks and you've captured them superbly............Sandy

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2011 - 8:14 PM

Keep the background- not the slightest bit distracting and the colours blend well with the colours of the duck
Excellent colours, texture and detail
Helen

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2011 - 8:45 PM

Just love V2 Sylvia, superb work on the bg. The detail and composition on the Drake is first class and a fantastic eye
Richard

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vandalp
vandalp  6
19 Apr 2011 - 8:47 PM

Great close up Sylvia, they are such a beautiful coloured bird.
Vanda

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2011 - 8:48 PM

fantastic detail sylvia wonderful colours v1 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2011 - 10:52 PM

These are stunning birds Sylvia with the most extravagent plumage imaginable. Superb close up shot. I think I prefer ( just ) V1.
Ron
Ron

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LynneJoyce
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20 Apr 2011 - 1:52 AM

V2 for me but both are lovely.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2011 - 6:03 AM

Two excellent images, Sylvia, wonderful colours and detail, my vote goes to V.2. Carol

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8317 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2011 - 7:21 AM

V1 is the better of the 2 IMO for the b/g

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2011 - 7:28 AM

Two excellent shots Sylvia - v2 does it for me - the bird stands out better around the top of the head particularly

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AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2011 - 9:22 AM

The natural blurred background of V1 is far the better I believe - the colours are so perfect and seem to bring out the colours of the duck even more! V2 looks static and unnatural to me. Beautiful detailed capture.
Theresa

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2011 - 5:54 PM

Such a wonderful detailed shot Sylvia, really must be the 'best' portrait of this wonderful Mandarin Duck seen
Cannot say enough praise on this ..a perfect shot ( and sorry that I do not have a UA for thisSad )
I also go with V1
Lillian

Last Modified By Lillian at 20 Apr 2011 - 5:55 PM

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8246 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2011 - 5:59 PM

Two fantastic portraits Sylvia, the detail, colours and clarity are first class

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2011 - 8:17 PM

Wow, that's a proud little duckie... wonderful colours and detail, absolutely an eyecatcher.
Johanna

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91925 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2011 - 9:10 PM

Good work on V2 with the blur Sylvia and I think the duck looks slightly sharper but I also think the bg in V1 is quite complimentary to the duck. Either way a fine capture.
Brian.

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
21 Apr 2011 - 8:09 AM

Hi Sylvia STUNNING regards gray.

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