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Tufted Ducks at Sunset.

By justin c
Having spent an excellent day at a local nature reserve,I was about to pack up for the day when I noticed this pair of Tufted Ducks swimming around together.Being a favourite duck species of mine,I couldn't resist taking a few silhouette shots.I got down as low as I could and framed up the scene with the golden colours of the setting sun reflected in the water,I tripped the shutter as soon as the ducks swam into the scene.
I quite like how the only visible detail,is the white patch on the side of the ducks body which makes him instantly recogniseable as the male,as does the long "tufted" feathers on the head.

All comments always welcome and appreciated.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: andytvcams, ardbeg77, mattw and 28 more

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User_Removed 20 7.3k 6 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2004 11:30AM
Hi Justin

I have seen this photo of your 'in another place' as they say and haven't yet commented upon it.

Suffice to say I think it is an outstanding and evocative piece of work that can only be enhanced in my opinion by a slight reduction in the size of the bottom border as I find it disproportionately large in relation to the size of the image (but then again - I am not a great border lover)

Great stuff Justin
tiny 19 91
30 Apr 2004 11:36AM
great lighting- nice that it isn't centred. Nicely framed.
andytvcams 19 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2004 11:40AM
The lighting is perfect,top quality work.

ardbeg77 Plus
18 1.3k 7 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2004 11:52AM
Like you - I like the recognisable silhouette, and the detail retained in it. Goes without saying that the light is lovely.
mattw 18 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2004 11:55AM
The lighting here is almost unreal! So good that I have to ask if it is natural, or photoshop?? The rest of your portfolio looks natural, so I will give you the benefit of doubt - truly an image every wall should own!

justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
30 Apr 2004 12:07PM
Many thanks for the comments folks,They are much appreciated.

It is natural.It is the setting sun a minute or two before it sank below the horizon.
billma 18 119 United States
30 Apr 2004 12:25PM
A golden shot. Total perfection. Congrats on this one.

vivienne 18 14 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2004 12:38PM
Great shot, lovely colour.
stevie 18 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2004 1:51PM
Superb silhouettes and great colours, I like this a lot.
brian1208 19 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2004 2:17PM
Its a great shot, have you noticed the odd shape of the reflections, almost like little cartoon people. I can only reflect the comments already made, this is one of those special shots that works so very well,


justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
30 Apr 2004 2:37PM
Thanks for looking and leaving a comment.

Hi Brian,
Someone mentioned elsewhere,that in the reflections,it looks as though the male duck has a top hat on and the female is wearing a bow tie.Not easy to see in this compressed size,but you can just make it out.Interesting.
maroondah 19 246 1 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2004 2:43PM
Nothing to add to the comments already made. Well seen and taken.
User_Removed 18 17.9k 8 Norway
30 Apr 2004 3:00PM
Its all been said above... Thank you for sharing this with us... Mike
davidbailie 19 457 7 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2004 5:36PM
Stunning Gold shot!

jeanie Plus
18 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2004 7:00PM
An absolutely stunning image.Well spotted.
Jeanie Smile
Mari 18 1.8k United Kingdom
30 Apr 2004 7:38PM
Really beautiful shot.

justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
30 Apr 2004 7:57PM
Thanks for commenting.I very much appreciate it.
vfr400 20 886
30 Apr 2004 9:01PM
Stunning silhouette shot, Wish I'd taken it.

andrewfyfe 18 64
1 May 2004 7:29AM
In a word "Beautifull"

1 May 2004 5:36PM
What else can be said brilliant

afyfe 18 270
2 May 2004 2:26PM
very good work Smile
iscramble 18 90 United Kingdom
2 May 2004 8:25PM
Outstadning Justin! This is a brilliant piece of work imho. This would look good on anyones wall.
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
3 May 2004 9:08PM
Thanks folks for commenting.
Much appreciated.
Gary_Williams 18 38 3 United Kingdom
7 May 2004 5:41AM
Beautiful shot, well captured.
Denise 20 279
23 Oct 2004 3:14PM
Justin, that water is such an amazing colour. Lovely capture.
ericfaragh Plus
18 149 6 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2004 5:55PM
Top class exposure, wonderful rich reflected colour. A crop on the right might possibly strengthen it, perhaps? Well done, beautiful image.
rogues 18 4 India
24 Jan 2005 2:37AM
SUPERB capture.. wonder how I missed it earlier.. very well-captured and composed ! excellent colour tones too Smile
well done, again ! U got a great folio..
Jahila 17 19
17 Feb 2005 5:44AM
Love this too! the ripples of the water are so smooth and the colour is beautifulSmile impressed with your PF, please come back and give me tips again Smile
UserRemoved 17 481
20 Aug 2005 9:31AM
Excellent work. I love the very smooth texture of the water and the warmth of this piece. The silhouetted ducks are just wonderfully captured. Very impressive.

justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
20 Aug 2005 12:43PM
Thanks folks for the comments.Very much appreciated.

Dave_G 17 41 1
22 Mar 2006 9:35AM
Inspiring, both in capture and presentation.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
16 2.3k 29 Wales
19 Oct 2006 7:04AM
Stunning colours and Silhouette.Please accept an overdue RC.

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