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Took with my tamron and I really love the way it worked today with a bunch of ducks and geese and other creatures at the college golf course and lake.

He just stands out amazingly.
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I'm about to do something that I keep catching myself doing and feeling kind of bad about - write a critique without any suggestions for improvement. I could talk about why I like this until the cows come home, which is what I'm going to do. I hope you don't mind the lack of constructive criticism.

I love the colours. Love love love. The high saturation works so well with the strong blocks of colour in what at first appears to be a limited palette but slowly reveals itself to be a deliciously varied and striking spectrum. The vivid colours create a warm, sunny atmosphere.

Everything is so sharp too. The way the...oh crap, I don't know if this is a duck or a goose and I looking really stupid now. Anyway, the bird stands out so starkly against the background, to the point where it almost looks like two pictures stuck together if it weren't for the delicate blue tint of the reflection of the water on the white feathers.

There's something innately pleasing abut the composition too...all thirds-y and wavy lines mimicking each others' flow. Lovely.
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My oh my. What do we have HERE?

Is Mr. Duck in all of it's glory!

For me, the biggest achievement on this picture, is making the duck look magnificent. Ducks have an innocent, kinda "dumb" face that makes it hard for them to look imponent. Well, my friend, you just did it.

I really enjoy the colors. They manage to transmit HEAT through the screen, and it's warmth makes it easy for you to feel the day and the surf around you. A fantastic way to transmit emotion without revealing the environment.

It is hard to critique something like this though, given the espontaneity of the picture, in which I'm pretty sure the model wouldn't stay on the same position for too long. But, if you want it, I'm going with the abscence of vertical dynamic symmetry. If you look closely, the white chest of the duck is in a close-to-golden proportion on the horizontal axis, and this harmony is broken by the lack of its counterweight vertically.

Now, now. This is only because I HAD to say it, not because it detracts from the picture in any way. It is still a fantastic shot, a HARD shot, and a very powerful image from the only all-terrain animal in the world. Great job!
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oh, so vibrant colors and perfect composition! Bravo also for the charming model ;)
lemontea Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
Damn beautiful. Sadly, this made me hungry for some Chinese food. :P
TheColourofAir25 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this. And like everyone else has said, the colours are amazing, very crisp! Wonderful! :D
Soniadevi Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Oh my god, I love ducks! This is so beautiful! I could imagine he (or she) standing there, so contemplative, thinking about something philosophical...
aliveruka Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009   Photographer
great contrast :)
Ryser915 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic Bobby!! The beak is radiant
azevinho Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009   Photographer
Great colours, i like where they meet
oibyrd Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:rofl: omigod this is just PERFECT!!! I love it!

The colors are total eye candy - but I gotta say - the title coupled with the smug look in his eyes (am I hallucinating?? LOL!) are what made this fantastic!
jenepooh Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wonderful shot! :D
french-mermaid Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009   Photographer
great! i like the composition!
that`s also a funny shot! =D
BlackCarrionRose Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional Photographer
loves it, the colors are great, and he/she's a beautiful duck :D
joeyv7 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Incredible rich colors. I love the orange beak and icy blue shadows on the bird.
inObrAS Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Wonderful shot! :clap:
Xerces Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
aww! this is so cute :-) very nice colours to the background and nice details to the feathers!
DuvallGear Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL, good shoot too
Misantropia Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Awesome colors.
Nice perspective.
getcarter Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009   Photographer
really sharp!
wynnesome Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
Hooray! I taught my parrot to say AFLAAAAC! It's one of the few things I actually repeated till he learned it, instead of him just learning words normally said around him all the time. He doesn't say it too often, but it's so cute when he yells it out!
KWilliamsPhoto Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Professional Writer
:wow: the colors are so brilliant!
Rosary0fSighs Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
gorgeous capture :aww:
he looks almost proud,
it's really quite sweet.
I like that the background (cliff?)
emulates his shape :)
it's a subtle, but great effect.
the colours are amazing
snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow. That beak is BRIGHT :heart:
insaneone Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
yea the colors were like so perfect,usually my pictures are not so vibrant in color
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning bright colours and a lovely composition. :heart:
eskimoblueboy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Quack Quack
You're right, the duck really does stand out. Nice shot.
JurgenDoe Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:rofl: I love those commercials :slow:
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Apr 15, 2009, 1:43:27 PM