Mandarin Duck





Contest Finalist in 400 Ducks Photo Contest
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KimAnkerstedt PRO
KimAnkerstedt August 15, 2015
I love the colors and details in this photo. Great shot!
annmcmillian August 16, 2015
Amazing colors and details.
Mother_Nature September 12, 2015
Great Capture, looks like a Peking duck, just guessing, Fabulous Colurs
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nandicmb September 14, 2015
Congratulations on your Contest Finalist win in 400 Ducks Photo Contest!
BTay01 September 29, 2015
Beautiful detail. Congrats on the Finalist win.
SIG442 July 22, 2016
Wow, this looks very similar to a photo I shot a while back
SIG442 July 22, 2016
Here the link to the photo I was talking about: (head of the duck looks a different way in mine mostly)
SIG442 July 22, 2016
Here the link to the photo I was talking about: (head of the duck looks a different way in mine mostly)
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NatureCoast August 23, 2020
This is a lovely photo, but doesn't meet challenge criteria of receiving a "Summer 2020" award from ViewBug and I removed it. Please check your Awards section and enter the photo that received the Summer 2020 award, Bee on white flower. Thank you, Kathy

Behind The Lens

Went for a walk at Virginia Water Lake in Surrey, England. It's always a good spot to find ducks and often up close.
It was the weekend, and had a bit of a lie in, was about 11am by the time I took the picture.
It was a lovely sunny day, all natural lightling
Had just got a second hand 300mm f2.8 lens prime, bought it out to try it out. Was mounted on a monopod just to take some of the weight, and my Canon EOS 7d.
It was one of those days where I just needed to take some pictures, the new lens made birds an obvious choice, and living close to the lake decided it should be a mission to find a Mandarin duck, was a bit of a surprise to find one as quickly as I did, and this was the result.
Wasn't much to do with this one, a bit of cropping, not much else.
In my camera bag
My kit depends on what I'm planning to take pictures of, sometimes I will travel light and regret it, on the day I took this I had the 300mm f2.8 prime, a 100mm f2.8 macro lens, a ring flash and a monopod. Sometimes I regret the decision to travel light, and wish I had something else with me, but most of the time, it works out.
Finding the right light is critical, having a stable base to keep everything steady, and picking the spot where you have every chance to get close enough to the action.

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