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A little duckling just taking a little walk on the path. When I captured this photo he had opened his beak. So cute.

A little duckling just taking a little walk on the path. When I captured this photo he had opened his beak. So cute.
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VHiggins
 
VHiggins December 01, 2015
how cute is this!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots March 01, 2016
Great shot! Congrats.
wildwoodie56
 
wildwoodie56 June 06, 2016
Adorable
andrealynnchilcott
 
andrealynnchilcott October 07, 2016
I love that photo!
PeterMaz
 
PeterMaz April 18, 2017
So nice - so small - so pretty!
mihrt
 
mihrt May 16, 2017
fantastic capture of this little tyke !! Congrats on all your AWARDS for this shot !
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 June 09, 2017
hahahaha so cute. Congratulations on your award!
jacquihess
 
jacquihess Jan 25
He has a lot to say. Adorable

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Behind The Lens

Location
I have taken this photo in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada about 2 years ago. So many ducklings and so many photos. It wasn't until later in editing when I found this photo.
Time
It was a mid afternoon on a warm spring day on a weekend. It was a walk with my sister where we wanted to take photos.
Lighting
With lighting, especially on any animals or ducklings, i would say going early to mid afternoon depending on your area. I would not go early evening if it gets dark early in your area for you would have to use a longer exposure if you don't have a flash. Mid morning, just before noon gives you that cool spring light and its fresh which gives you a nice look on the photo. I always go for natural lighting especially in nature if I possibly can. I rarely use a flash unless the lighting is poor.
Equipment
The equipment I used is: Sony a300 camera. Macro is 50 ml. With lighting being perfect I did not need a tripod and I didn't need long exposure or a remote.
Inspiration
My sister inspired me for she had asked me to go and take a photo walk with her. She knew if this pond and trail area in St. Albert that many seem to not notice and that is where we spotted these ducklings. So we sat and the ducklings came to us. We took photos constantly and I wanted a photo that spoke. So when I saw this photo after in editing, I realized I got the gem I was looking for.
Editing
Of course I have but as minimal as possible. I have a program called Lightroom for iMac and was still learning at the time. So the only editing I had done was brought the shadows up so you can see the little guys face. I also brought white down so it wouldn't look so over exposed with the shadows being brought up a bit.
In my camera bag
I always have all my lens in my bag and my flash for you never know when you will need it. I have my tripod strapped to the side and a belt lens carrier as well. You never know when you will need a zoom lens or a wide angle lens.
Feedback
My advice to other photographers is to always double check your ISO. ISO 100 or 200 is the safest bet with natural light. I would go mid afternoon or mid morning depending on the area. You want as much light as possible if not using a tripod but you don't want your light to blow out your photo so I wouldn't go when the light is hot unless in shade. If the light is hot (to bright) your photo will just look flat and/or blown out. As well have your photo on continuous shoot so that you can catch the movement you're looking for, like the mouth opening or wings stretching out.

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