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Head On

By KingArthur
On one of my recent birding sorties I opted to go for some intimate close up photography, mainly to put my camera/lens combo to the test insofar as sharpness and resolution are concerned - two factors which I think form the groundwork towards improved wildlife photography.

Achieving my goal necessarily entailed lying flat on the ground by the water's edge (since I was after a low frontal angle of view) trying to lure a couple of ducks from the opposite bank in the process. My first few attempts in mimicking duck calls didn't prove too successful (I sounded more like a hoarse frog Smile), but eventually managed to draw in this female mallard towards me. Locking focus on the eyes, naturally, I did manage to bag a few good frames at max focal length of the lens (600mm) and at the distance I more or less wished to conduct my test. I liked the head on approach too, the emphasis on the eyes, allowing the rear plumage to diffuse gradually out of focus.

In all honesty, I was quite pleased with the clarity and end result of the D7500/Sigma 150-600mm C lens combo after all. Viewing large should give you a better idea of what I set out to achieve, and indeed did. Am quite happy with the result too.

Have a good week and stay all safe,
Joe Smile

Tags: General Wildfowl Close up photography Female mallard Wading bird Wildlife and nature Duck bird wildlife Nature and birds Nikon D7500 KingArthur sigma 150-600mm contemporary

Voters: IamDora, Janetdinah, mike9005 and 50 more



23 Nov 2020 6:06PM
Lovely close-up, Joe.
Badgerfred 16 39 Wales
23 Nov 2020 6:09PM
Excellent Joe, great pov,
Saastad 4 16 17 Norway
23 Nov 2020 6:11PM
Beautifully captured Joe!
Lovely movement and reflection.

Arne Smile
adagio 4 4 2 England
23 Nov 2020 7:13PM
Wonderful Joe, especially when viewed large!

Karuma1970 10 1 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2020 7:16PM
You should indeed be happy with it. Excellent shot.
23 Nov 2020 7:30PM
A lovely capture, Joe.
A bird on a mission!!

gconant Plus
12 32 1 United States
23 Nov 2020 7:48PM
A fantastic close up image of this handsome mallard Joe !!

23 Nov 2020 8:35PM
Great capture.
gerti62 4 4
23 Nov 2020 8:38PM
Nice shot
richmowil Plus
14 508 3 England
23 Nov 2020 8:45PM
Good close-up Joe
Crack8ng shot Joe you’ve captured the movement really well

taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
23 Nov 2020 9:33PM
She has been busy fishing!
23 Nov 2020 9:53PM
Excellent capture Joe..Lin
dales Plus
7 13 Australia
24 Nov 2020 1:19AM
Great result with this excellent image Joe , you & your setup have really done the job !
24 Nov 2020 6:14AM
kojack 11 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2020 8:15AM
Lovely captured wildlife close-up image Joe.
24 Nov 2020 8:22AM
At 600mm and pin sharp-- love it it Joe.
Stay safe.

Chinga Plus
12 123 3 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2020 8:56AM
Beautiful subject and details...
Excellent shot.
Isabel GrinGrin
Nikonuser1 Plus
10 175 16 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2020 9:29AM
Excellent SmileSmileSmile

Jukka Plus
11 1 Finland
24 Nov 2020 10:38AM
An excellent closeup , Joe!

Fefe Plus
11 84 51 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2020 5:03PM
Great shot GrinGrinGrin
capto Plus
11 7.2k 33 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2020 5:37PM
A superb shot enhanced by the reflection too.Smile
25 Nov 2020 12:33AM
Beautifully composed and beautifully detailed

25 Nov 2020 1:04AM
If the river were made of whiskey
And I was a diving duck ,
I would dive unto the bottom
And never make my way back up.

Stellar capture Joe , very impressive indeed at 600 mm ! Great lens and operator I might add !
Cheers Walt
johnke 10 232 17 England
2 Dec 2020 8:18AM
A quality Image Joe, full of color and detail, I like the movement of the water....John

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