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carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo August 30, 2013
Too cute!
WolfEyesPhotography PRO+
 
WolfEyesPhotography September 07, 2013
Adorable!!
KristyLJ
 
KristyLJ September 14, 2013
oh my goodness:)
francescorusso
 
francescorusso September 21, 2013
Awesome
michaelvannest Premium
 
michaelvannest October 08, 2013
awesome... you should enter this in the "Clusters" contest once it opens...
vesipenkova
 
vesipenkova October 08, 2013
Award winning!
dawnsview PRO
 
dawnsview October 09, 2013
So much cuteness in 1 shot
Forfarlass PRO
 
Forfarlass October 10, 2013
So cute.
xXMartinXx
 
xXMartinXx November 01, 2013
Beautiful capture.
Flosno
 
Flosno December 15, 2013
Which one's your favourite?.....voted
iamtherie
 
iamtherie February 16, 2014
To cute! Nice photo
shawnbarber
 
shawnbarber February 21, 2014
Adorable !
michyoung
 
michyoung March 16, 2014
Amazing capture. I am fighting back the thoughts that these little guys may be in line for slaughter. Very cool capture.
ReneeBlake PRO+
 
ReneeBlake May 03, 2014
Love this !
kathleenweetman PRO+
 
kathleenweetman June 18, 2014
Aw Nic...how can anyone resist.......Voted
kathleen
saullevinson
 
saullevinson January 05, 2015
Where is Carmen Santiago? Great shot.
LynneMarie99
 
LynneMarie99 February 14, 2015
Congrats on winning People's Choice in the Farm Animals Chsllenge!
dareco PRO+
 
dareco March 10, 2015
This has to be about the sweetest pictures I've ever seen!!!
loveTime
 
loveTime May 23, 2015
so cute awwww !
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography August 20, 2015
like it!
joycealicesmith
 
joycealicesmith September 08, 2015
My heart just squeezed at this!! So cute!!
Ledopix
 
Ledopix September 23, 2015
AMAZING!!!!!!WOW!
ElaineCatlingPhotography PRO+
 
ElaineCatlingPhotography September 29, 2015
Superb capture. Congratulations ok contest finalist.
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ElaineCatlingPhotography September 29, 2015
On contest finalist.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots October 18, 2015
Great shot! Congrats.
michaellannonbabcock
 
michaellannonbabcock November 21, 2015
Yep, joining with the fans and saying great heart warming shot.
mihrt
 
mihrt April 18, 2016
wow, this is so cute!!!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 April 20, 2016
awesome Nic .. another award for this beautiful image
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 April 21, 2016
Congrats Nic! this is such an adorable capture!
vsidles PRO+
 
vsidles April 21, 2016
Congratulations on your covers award! This is SO adorable!!!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 November 02, 2016
Congrats on another award .. love this :)
lindiekolver PRO+
 
lindiekolver November 03, 2016
One is cute, two super cute, three adorable, and lots...irresistible...
jimboz PRO+
 
jimboz April 03, 2017
Congrats on winning the challenge and thank you for sharing such cute photo!
jlappen PRO
 
jlappen November 01, 2017
Cutest photo I’ve ever seen.
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte June 12, 2018
Adorable
Vitta
 
Vitta Sep 30
Awesome!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This duckling photo was taken on a farm in the beautiful Southern Highlands, south of Sydney, Australia
Time
This shot was taken middle of the day. But these gorgeous little ducklings are only 24 hours old. For their safety, they were inside a large shed warmed with heat lamps and only with filtered light. Our shoes had to be disinfected so that we didn't walk in any nasty germs.
Lighting
Lighting was difficult. I didn't want to use a flash as I was afraid the flash may have hurt or at least annoyed the duckling eyes. For this reason I used ISO 1000 and aperture f/4 to try to combat the low light of the closed shed with limited filtered natural light.
Equipment
My trusty Canon EOS 600D along with my Canon EF 24-105MM f/4 IS Lens are always a fantastic and reliable combination.
Inspiration
I was so fortunate to be asked if I would like to see these one day old ducklings. They had not seen many humans since hatching. The experience was amazing. When I walked into the shed a mass of 4000 yellow ducklings came swarming over to me - so much so it was actually hard to get a clear shot.
Editing
Being a low light situation I wasn't really sure how well the photo would be lit. The exposure was perfect. I cropped the photo just a bit to be sure the attention was on that one more inquisitive duckling that stood that bit taller that all the others.
In my camera bag
I try to choose which camera and lens I think will be more appropriate for the location I am heading to and the type of photo I expect to be taking. So I usually pack either my Canon 600D or Canon 5D Mk II camera. This trip I selected my Canon 600D and teamed it with my Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS lens. I always carry a spare battery, spare memory card and cleaning cloth.
Feedback
Low light photography is difficult. Don't be afraid to use a higher than usual ISO setting and lower f stop.

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