Paul McLaughlin  

Duck. Duck…Goose? by Paul McLaughlin

September 2021 - Duck. Duck…Goose?

About the Image(s)

Background: I took this picture at the Milton Yacht Club few miles south of Boston on the Neponset River. It is a very interesting location and has an eagle in residence. I went down there in hopes of catching a glimpse, or maybe even an image of the eagle. That was not to be, but I did come across this unusual group. I was told originally the white duck was a goose, hence the title. I was later to find out that it is a White Crested Duck.
Nikon 780
1/1000 @ f/6.3
ISO 250 Kens 24-120mm
Focal Length 120

8 comments posted

Hoshedar Cooper   Hoshedar Cooper
Hey Paul, interesting contrast. The top down approach compromises the image. Was there a chance you could have gone lower and got a level shot? Not sure why the colour of the water is not at its optimum? Do you have any space in the image on the left to emphasise the direction of movement? Some brightness will also help.   Posted: 09/07/2021 09:08:53

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Three is the classic number for composition, and you carried that out very well here by creating a triangle. The white duck does have quite a head dress, very unusual. I like the reflections and the composition. It does appear that the closer black duck is out of focus and maybe you needed more dept of field. As a suggestion, I would open up the shadows on the heads of the 2 black ducks as they seem to not have much detail.   Posted: 09/07/2021 14:31:37

Barbara Mallon   Barbara Mallon
Personally I think the white duck is your photo! I would eliminate the other two ducks and then fill their space with content aware fill. You can then crop as you wish. You may want to try to get more detail in the white duck by playing with curves or overall exposure.   Posted: 09/08/2021 14:50:34

Grace Lee   Grace Lee
The goose is like the princess / prince in the water. I agreed with Barbara's suggestion, I would move the goose to the centre of image.   Posted: 09/09/2021 22:14:20

Tony Tam   Tony Tam
I agree Barbara's comment, the white duck is more interesting and it is a major object, eliminate the other two. The other way I would reduce two ducks sizes and move to up left corner #1. Also might rearrange their locations, like move the white duck in leading position in front and the other two in following location #2.   Posted: 09/10/2021 19:31:18
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Tony Tam   Tony Tam
The 2# option.   Posted: 09/10/2021 19:32:13
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Tony, I like this one the best.   Posted: 09/11/2021 16:50:06

Rich Sears   Rich Sears
Hi Paul. I like the interest generated by the white duck and therefore favor Barbara's suggestion. It would also be favorable going with the 2nd suggestion by Tony.   Posted: 09/19/2021 14:13:21


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