BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY

WAITING IN THE WINGS

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Mallard-3

We were finishing our walk and decided to take one last look along the edge of the lake. This mallard seemed to be waiting for his close-up so I obliged. It’s always a challenge taking a dark subject against a snowy background because the subject can appear too dark. Getting the white balance right is another challenge as snow will often look grey or blue. I selectively adjusted the exposure and shadows to correct these issues.

9 thoughts on “WAITING IN THE WINGS

  1. Nicely photographed. Gotta love these ducks. 🙂

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  2. I’m getting goosebumps just looking at this poor mallard’s little webbed feet on the ice. This is nice image in a tricky spot for exposure.

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  3. In our western part of the world, it’s true that the good old Mallard is keen on his close-up shots and is very obliging. In contrast, here in SE Kazakhstan where Mallard visit in the thousands during migration and many over-winter too when they find the few stretches of water that remain open. However, of all the wildfowl we enjoy here, Mallards are the least trusting and the first to fly away. It’s hard to get within 100 yards. Wonder if that has anything to do with scattering of so many shotgun cartridges? No answer required…

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