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Many thanks to everyone who took the time to C&C on my corn bunting yesterday and especially to ColleenA for her very generous GEA, which was a lovely surprise.

Today I'm posting a shot of a mallard. I took this in Essex a few weekends ago, and was very pleased with the result, as it showed me the difference that getting down to a very low level can make. Mallards are often overlooked (by me as well) as they are such common birds, but when the sun shines, my goodness don't they glow!

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D7100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:500.0 mm f/4.5
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 Mar 2014 - 10:51 AM
Focal Length:500mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.4
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Mallard
Username:AlexAppleby AlexAppleby
Uploaded:23 Apr 2014 - 7:44 AM
Tags:Mallard, Wildlife / nature
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JohnoP
JohnoP e2 Member 9JohnoP vcard
23 Apr 2014 - 7:47 AM

Such lovely detail Alex....and just love the water droplet from the beak.....Smile John

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 7:48 AM

Perfect low pov, Alex, and wonderful timing, with that drip of water just about to fall Smile Carol

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 8:22 AM

Wow Alex, this is superb love the low POV, great photography SmileSmile

Ali

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 8:53 AM

A super shot, Alex with great timing to catch the water droplet.

Ray

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whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 164 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England75 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 8:53 AM

Dripping nose. I can relate to that.

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 - 8:56 AM

Stunning PoV. Well exposed.

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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 10:50 AM

Superb Alex, a great capture, guess it pays to get down and dirty.
Peter.

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2193 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 11:09 AM

What a wonderful capture, yes that pov is excellent, great photography

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gss
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23 Apr 2014 - 11:18 AM

Excellent the drop hanging from its beak!

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pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 11:49 AM

They really do glow and I love the nose drip excellent capture Alex GrinGrin

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williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 3williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 12:00 PM

A wee beauty


Billy

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ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 12:17 PM

I see you're making the males dribble, Alex.
That's a top shot!

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rontear
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23 Apr 2014 - 2:45 PM

Not such a drip Wink Alex. Excellent image.
Ron

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Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 4:09 PM

Well, you certainly got down and dirty to this guys level, makes for a fantastic image.


Tish

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Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1746 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom87 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 4:40 PM

Excellent low POV.
Nigel

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rsjkinson
rsjkinson e2 Member 5rsjkinson vcard United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 - 5:08 PM

Lovely shot Alex and as you say they are an over looked bird with beautiful colours

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Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7122 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 6:10 PM

Your right Alex they are quite beautiful, i like your low POV here and the reflection

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sparrowhawk
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23 Apr 2014 - 6:41 PM

superb

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95916 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 6:51 PM

Perfect POV Alex

Often overlooked, but when portrayed as good as this they take some beating

Hopefully Hairstreaks etc; tomorrow - QuackWink

Adrian

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Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 - 8:10 PM

Great capture, Alex. Superb, low POV and comp.

Fred

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 4121 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 8:47 PM

Indeed on all counts - congrats on the GEA which was well deserved
Jason

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dark_lord
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23 Apr 2014 - 10:20 PM

That must be one of the lowest levels I've seen on this type of shot that isn't underwater Grin

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Jenny-D
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23 Apr 2014 - 10:23 PM

A gorgeous capture Alex, lovely detail.

Jenny Smile

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DerekL
DerekL e2 Member 9102 forum postsDerekL vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 10:46 PM

A Mallard with a difference!
Superb capture Alex, with lovely POV, colours and detail.
The water droplet is to die for.

Derek

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SimonFletch
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24 Apr 2014 - 4:47 AM

You must have got 'down and dirty' for this one, Alex.
Your timing was good, that drop of water adds a lot to the image.
He looks like he's been washing, but not a ripple in the reflection.
It's a blooming good image...!

Simon

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cheesey
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24 Apr 2014 - 8:32 PM

Lovely light, detail and reflections. Great shot.
Cheesey.

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Glostopcat
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24 Apr 2014 - 9:04 PM

A cracking shot of this handsome mallard drake Alex, such wonderful detail and colours in the plumage and the water dripping from the beak is the icing on the cake

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viscostatic
27 May 2014 - 10:44 PM

A beautiful bird expertly photographed Alex.

Phil.

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