Kelly Easler  

Colorful Mallard by Kelly Easler

January 2022 - Colorful Mallard

January 2022 - Kelly Easler


About the Image(s)

I photographed this duck at Horn Pond in Woburn, MA on a rainy, overcast day. I was using a Nikon D7200 (crop sensor) with a Sigma 100-400mm (f5.6-6.3) lens. Settings were ISO 400; 400mm focal length; f6.3; shutter speed 1/200 sec.

4 comments posted

Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Your mallard is in perfect focus and exposure. In your original, you place the duck slightly left of center...walking into the frame. But with your revision, you have placed the duck slightly right of center, and walking out of the frame. Did you intend to do that?
Good use of f/6.3 to blur the background.
I look forward to seeing more of your art.   Posted: 01/14/2022 12:18:31

Dawn Gulino
Hi Kelly,
Love the color on the duck! I have the same question as Paul regarding your cropping. I'd prefer to have the duck shifted to the left of the frame looking into it a bit more rather then more of the field behind it on the left. One other minor thing might be to do a vignette around it to help draw the eye into the featured subject. By darkening the background a bit, it will highlight the subject a bit more.
  Posted: 01/16/2022 09:27:03

Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
Hi Kelly
I like the colors and background blur of the edit. I also am in agreement about your crop I feel the duck needs to have more room to walk out of the scene   Posted: 01/17/2022 13:52:49

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
I like the way you have sharp focus on the duck with the grasses in the background providing a nice bokeh. The log he is standing on, in my opinion, makes for a nice strong base and gives the image stability. The way the coloring of the duck stands out, for me, adds strong impact to the photo.

I do agree with the other comments about having the duck more to the left so that he is looking into the frame.

Overall I think this is a really good photo   Posted: 01/17/2022 14:46:58


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