Glenn Rudd  

Mallard Landing by Glenn Rudd

October 2020 - Mallard Landing

About the Image(s)

In March 2019 I attended a photography workshop in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Victoria is located on Vancouver Island and is a beautiful port city with many parks and waterways nearby. For this shot, we were coaxing the ducks to fly between two locations by casting bird feed on the water. Even though the locations were separated by 200 yards, the birds were well-aware of new food sources. This was my favorite shot of the entire trip. The Mallard hen is caught at the exact moment of impact with the water, the bird's features are tack-sharp, and the bonus is the nice reflection in the water.

Technical: Hand-held, 1/1600 sec, f/9.0, ISO 1600, 340 mm.

7 comments posted

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
Great capture, only suggestion is to perhaps darken the highlights in the water splash a little to keep more focus on the duck.   Posted: 10/06/2020 19:53:17

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Well captured and as you say the selection is a bonus. As you say this is very sharp but I also like the blurring of the water behind the mallard. You might like to try using a Nik filter if you have NIK which has a filter called Darken/Lighten centre which also creates a kind of vignette according to to how you set it. This would also do what Sheldon suggests to keep the focus on the duck. And being really really picky I would crop or clone out that tiny splash/reflection bottom left about 1 cm up which draws the eye.   Posted: 10/07/2020 02:42:08

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Another great bird image from the "Bird Man of PID Group Seventeen!" I like the action you captured with the spray showing and the wing angle. Nice reflection in the water. Spent several days in Victoria - were you able to catch the "Waltz of the Ferries" in the harbor? Quite the ballet :)   Posted: 10/09/2020 12:15:15

Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
Looks like you captured the skidding in for a landing. Based on hearing form competition judges this should score high because there is the action of the duck landing. Great capture.   Posted: 10/09/2020 12:56:06

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
Great capture. Very well done. We have two bird sanctuaries within a couple of miles of our home and I used to frequent them quite often, never got quite this lucky.   Posted: 10/11/2020 06:55:34

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
I think you have a great capture with this image. The duck is tack sharp, love the feet out front for the landing and the splash is just extra icing for the cake. Great image.

If you are planning on putting this in a competition may I suggest cropping from the left into more square format. As it is the duck is dead center and that creates a more static feeling image. Cropping from the left will move the bird out of the center giving the appearance of space to move into. Also, (I'm speaking as a photo judge) there is a burned white where the wing joins the body. You might tone that down a bit.

This should do well in a composition. Congrats!!!!   Posted: 10/11/2020 17:27:27

John Hackett   John Hackett
An excellent picture. The button was pressed at the right moment. Legs outstretched for braking and wings folding in. You have the bonus of a good reflection as well.   Posted: 10/16/2020 10:14:00


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