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settings: f7.1, ISO 400, 1/800sec in aperture priority mode

Call duck taken on the pond at home using the mentioned camera kit and also a tripod. This was one of my earlier RAW shots and edits and one of the very few (infact I think only) shots where I have managed to get a reflection of the sky and thus getting blue water.
Looking back this shot still shows my tendancy to stick to AF mode and being very central with shooting. Getting down lower would have been good, but at the time it was simply not an option
comments welcome - thanks

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Call Duck
Username:Overread Overread
Uploaded:28 Jun 2008 - 2:07 AM
Tags:Duck, Pets / captive animals, Wildlife / nature
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kay_pink
kay_pink  6
28 Jun 2008 - 2:46 AM

Great shot

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84270 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2008 - 10:01 AM

Welcome to EPZ! Smile
A lovely image, this looks like quite a 'cute' duck! It has that chubby baby look, although it's obviously an adult male!!
I like the fact it's in blue water (nothing worse then seeing a bird swimming in chocolate!), and there is a reflection. I was going to suggest a lower pov would have improved it, but I noticed you mentioned that in your write up.
I like the fact you've included a write up and included all the facts and figures - I'm learning too and need all the help I can get!! Smile
I have a query: You've used a lens that is f4-5.6, but you say you had F7.1..................how/why? Smile

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Overread  63746 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2008 - 5:19 PM

well as for the how - set it in aperture priorty mode to f7.1 - remember the f number of a lens is its widest aperture (thus smallest number)

As for the why, I was very close to these - as in under a few metres, and whilst a wide aperture works well, I have found that at times the depth of field is a little too small and bits of tail get lost - plus when shooting down like that the background is just more water so it does not affect the shot as much if the deth of field is greater. Were I shooting from a low angle directly at the duck then blurring the background (which could be a bank) would be more important.

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KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84270 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2008 - 7:09 PM

Thanks Alex!! Smile

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