Sophie Pouillon, QPSA  

Canard Mandarin by Sophie Pouillon, QPSA

November 2023 - Canard Mandarin

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For November, I'm changing rubric, exploring wildlife photography, but with a lot of progress to make.
I need advice from the group.
A little Mandarin duck whose reflections I love, done at 70*200. It's a trial, of course.

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6 comments posted

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
A wonderful image Sophie. Very well captured, processed and presented. Sharp where it should be sharp, around the ducks face and also very good detail held in the feathers. The water surface and reflection also contribute well to fill the entire image area and leave no empty spaces. My only question is can the white area above the eye be toned down a little? Maybe bring back some detail and not make that white so stark? Just a minor detail. I love to see photographers develop and improve in their favourite genres, but I also love to see them try new subjects, because in my humble opinion, that's when we grow in our skills. Bravo Sophie   Posted: 11/10/2023 23:32:40

Gordon Watson   Gordon Watson
Mandarin ducks make a lovely colourful subject and you have captured this one very well. I love all the movement and reflections in the water. I agree with Ian that the area above the eye looks a bit flat and over-exposed, I don't know whether you can recover the detail. Otherwise well done, especially on trying something different.   Posted: 11/11/2023 05:00:25
Sophie Pouillon   Sophie Pouillon
As a beginner in this field, I didn't control the highlights enough. I have nothing in this area. I'll try to do better next time.   Posted: 11/12/2023 03:06:36
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Sanford Morse   Sanford Morse
Where are you where you have Mandarin ducks? What a beautiful bird. Nice capture. Love the reflections.   Posted: 11/12/2023 10:15:27

Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Beautiful photograph. Great detail, color, and sharpness. The reflection in the water adds depth and interest to the photo.   Posted: 11/14/2023 20:02:21

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
Sophie, nice capture and you have left a wonderful amount of space at right. The white on the duck can be toned down a tad, but the other colors are brilliant. The water, IMHO, adds a wonderful colorful contrast and also plays with the duck's reflection. I very much like what you have there!   Posted: 11/19/2023 12:21:00