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I'm no ugly duckling, I'm cuter than Mali



Valentine's Day Day 45 of the 365 Photo Challenge
I held this duckling with my left hand and took shots with my right hand using my nephew's Nikon D31...
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Valentine's Day Day 45 of the 365 Photo Challenge
I held this duckling with my left hand and took shots with my right hand using my nephew's Nikon D3100. I enhanced the color because the flash made the color very pale.
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SnowbunnyPhotography Premium
 
SnowbunnyPhotography February 13, 2015
Aaaahhhhhh!! I LOOOOOOVVVVVE This Mali!! hahaha! Oh my goodness....so precious! Did you give him a kiss for me??? Can I have him??? I think this is my favorite shot you've ever taken! hahaha! :-)
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 February 13, 2015
OMG... I sooo want him ")
Chrism
 
Chrism February 14, 2015
It may well be one of my fav shots from your album too. This has so much charm, it's an adorable subject and the details are divine! Super soft, cute and cuddly!
NanaSue54 PRO
 
NanaSue54 February 14, 2015
Oh my gosh!!! How adorable!!! This is an AWESOME shot Mali!! My favorite too!! :)
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz February 14, 2015
What a fabulous capture! Love it!
SunQueen
 
SunQueen February 14, 2015
Sooooooooooooooo Cute
Bruz PRO+
 
Bruz February 15, 2015
Wow Mali. The focus is tack sharp, The colors are awesome and the cuteness factor is off the chart. haha Great shot.
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 February 15, 2015
well done Mali .. a great capture .. love the detail
pegleg PRO+
 
pegleg February 16, 2015
if this does not make u go aaaaaahhhhhhh!! you not human lol nice colour and so sharp in the eye nice one
malread PRO+
 
malread February 18, 2015
Wow, great eye focus, top detail and colour, excellent.
Flosno
 
Flosno February 21, 2015
Hey Mali.....this is superb....I just love it
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset March 08, 2015
Wow such detail, great capture!
Moorthy
 
Moorthy March 08, 2015
Excellent capture. Innocence of the beautiful duckling nicely brought out. Wish you all the best.
With regards,
Moorthy
Nikonover
 
Nikonover March 19, 2015
Superb capture,love the look,the clarity is spot on,and great eye contact.
malijohn
 
malijohn April 25, 2015
People's Choice.....Ducks Galore Photo Challenge....Yay!
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz April 26, 2015
Congratulations Mali on your People's Choice Award for April, 2015!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 April 28, 2015
Beautiful voted Primary Color
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 April 28, 2015
Congratulations! People Choice Duck Galore
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 May 15, 2015
This is so cute. love it!
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 May 15, 2015
Congratulations on your award!
TrueNorthImages
 
TrueNorthImages May 17, 2015
Such sweet eyes - love the bokeh!
morg PRO
 
morg May 25, 2015
Great shot!!!
ldbelt
 
ldbelt June 16, 2015
One of your best photos bro Mali.
malijohn
malijohn December 03, 2017
Thank you bro LD Belt.
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 June 26, 2015
voted !!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 June 26, 2015
voted again macro
Flosno
 
Flosno July 08, 2015
Such a cute entry...love it....voted
Flosno
 
Flosno July 24, 2015
Great entry...voted
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 July 25, 2015
This is a very cute guy posing for you. Voted Animal Eyes!
Flosno
 
Flosno August 17, 2015
So cute....voted
im2insaine
 
im2insaine August 21, 2015
this photograph is priceless!! thanks so much for sharing this image along with all your others!!
medlee101
 
medlee101 August 24, 2015
adorable love it.
angel2kiss
 
angel2kiss August 26, 2015
Love it..... So cute.
robertneiszer
 
robertneiszer August 26, 2015
I like it, it's really good !
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 August 28, 2015
Great voted wildlife close-up!
FredBlundell PRO+
 
FredBlundell May 04, 2017
Excellent artistry.
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz May 19
Adorable! Fantastic capture! Thank you for joining my "All Kinds of Ducks" challenge! Good Luck!

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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in our backyard. My nephew owns a few pair of Muscovy ducks. I took this duckling from a brood of 15. Held it with my left hand and took photos.
Time
I took this photo at around 2:30 PM if I remember correctly.
Lighting
Nothing special really. Sky was a little overcast.
Equipment
I used my nephew's Nikon D3100 and the kit lens that comes with it.
Inspiration
I find little young animals too cute. Too cute to resist. Ducklings most especially.
Editing
I used Photoscape to enhance the color. I don't do too much post processing. I brightened and sharpened it a bit.
In my camera bag
I use two cameras, an Olympus PEN E-PL3 and a Canon EOS 700D (Rebel T5i in the US). I usually bring them both when I shoot. For my Olympus, I use two lenses, a Lumix 14mm f/2.5 (for landscape) and a Lumix 45-200mm f/4-5.6 (for close-up). Nowadays, a Helios 44-2 58mm f/2.0 is constantly mounted on my Canon. You can also find UV, CPL and ND8 filters in my bag. Of course, I don't go out without a tripod and a remote shutter release.
Feedback
When you hold young birds, they will usually wiggle. Wait till they settle down. If you have a macro lens, that's a better lens to use. Use the biggest aperture possible. Better if it's backlighted to get a nice bokeh. They may sound foolish but do talk to the young bird. Make sure the eye/s is/are prominent.

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