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.
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!
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!