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Friday, January 13, 2012

And a Near Miss....

I'm posting this photo because it's a striking photo that could have been much better if I had been a little more careful. I'm not fishing for compliments here, just sharing some second thoughts. When we first arrived I was so excited to see these ducks that I made some mistakes and I thought I would share them with you. First, I immediately started using my Minolta 500mm lens although these ducks were quite close to me - maybe 5 or 6 meters distance. It has a fixed focal length (i.e. it's not a zoom) and it has a fixed aperture (f8) and this photo would have benefited from a smaller aperture (sharper focus on all parts of the duck's front) and a lesser focal length (about 400mm or so) to include all of the duck with some space above and below to allow cropping. As it is, the top of the duck's head and his feet are missing. (The photos i posted yesterday and the day before were both taken with a Tamron 70-300mm zoom - a better choice of lens for this situation.) Secondly, this photo is not quite level. It's tilted to the right and because rotating it a little to fix this means cropping it I would have to cut quite a bit off the top of the duck's head if I straightened it, so it's not fixable. Oh well, live and learn!


Dean Lewis said...

I can appreciate your wanting to begin shooting right away faced with such a terrific subject that could disappear/waddle away at any moment.
The straight-on look reminds me of a Farside cartoon character. Great capture.

JoJo said...

We are our own worse critics, but your photos looks fantastic to me. What a pretty duck!

PinkPanthress said...

Oh, this is too droll. :)

I love its shocked/hollywood-facelift expression. and the colours, so breathtakingly vibrant & lush.

You might see this is as a fail... I do not!

Mike Laplante said...

I think it's a great photo. Begs for caption, Farside-style, as Dean sez.

To me, the sheen and the 'unreal' colours make it look like wood to me.