Catherine Honigsberg  

Mallard by Catherine Honigsberg

May 2022 - Mallard

About the Image(s)

I call this Mallard. The background was far away - it was shot on a lake and I did try a shorter depth of field. I like the portrait effect and was lucky to catch him as he jumped up on this stick cause it looks surreal to me to have such a blurred background. Does it work?
I only cropped some off the top, sharpened a little and added a slight vignette.
D850 Sigma 150-600mm lens, ISO 450, f/9, 1/640 at 600mm hand held.

4 comments posted

Don Hill   Don Hill
Hey Catherine. Yes it worked. You are beoming a real bird photographer. Good DOF. I am a huge vignette fan but in this case, you did fine. Thanks.   Posted: 05/03/2022 21:17:38

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
It's well caught, sharp enough and in focus - one can see the drops of water on the chest. There is a reflection in its eye. The posture is OK. My only suggestion is it's slightly too dark IMHO and might benefit from half a stop more exposure. What do you think?   Posted: 05/09/2022 15:01:34

Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Hi Catherine, Such grand colours! He looks a bit cheeky in this image. I love the blurry background as there are no distractions and we concentrate solely on the duck. I would try to lighten some of the shadows at the top of the head near the eye. A great shot!   Posted: 05/14/2022 20:26:10

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
This little guy just makes me smile!!! Along with smiles I wonder what he's saying. A really nice shot!!!!   Posted: 05/17/2022 14:47:18


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