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Featured in: The Birds (July, 2012)
Featured in: Mother Nature’s Finest (July, 2012)
Featured in: Canadiana (July, 2012)

One of my very friendly Wood Duck boys….not a crop; in fact, this guy stepped right out of the pond and simply walked over to me as I crouched down and I actually had to back-off with my lens as he was too close. There really is nothing like the intricately-patterned and glossy brightly-colored plumage of the Wood Duck male….. happy little ducks too! (he did get a nice juicy green grape as a reward for this unexpected portrait sitting!)
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

(Technical stuff: I kept my focus (and resulting sharpness) squarely on this guy’s face; specifically, the eye area.. reason being …well, if you ever want to test out a lens for color-fringing try a Wood Duck male in sunshine…along the edges of any color contrast you can get objectionable fringing of an offensive magenta-like color and it’s totally headache-inducing when, viewing your photos on your computer, you detect the dreaded fringing…so, I had practiced earlier with the depth of field preview button and peaking color feature which allow me to determine exactly my sharp points and I sent everything else into a soft blur which deals nicely with that fringing issue…)

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  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 2 years ago

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonover 2 years ago

    I love how his colors pop! He does look quite friendly. I can see you now backing up! LOL
    I just love the details here. I imagine it is quite challenging to get all of it balanced and looking this incredible! Really well done and brings a big smile!! He even looks like he is talking to you!

  • Hi Kristi, I think he was talking to me… thanks for such a wonderful comment.. hope you are feeling a bit better? .. and thanks for the other… you’re very nice!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago


  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 2 years ago

    Awww….how cute this is, Kat!!!! And the colors and the blur are beautiful!!!

  • karina5
    karina5over 2 years ago

    Looks so interesting your Wood Duck boy. Love the way you captured it. :) A fave.

  • Thanks so much!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • saseoche
    saseocheover 2 years ago

    Beautifully capture love it!

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

    What a beauty! The detail and pose are excellent. I like that slightly open beak and how I can even see his tongue! As for the color-fringing issue, have you tried the lens calibration feature in Adobe Camera Raw? Even if your lens is not in the program’s database, profiles for many additional lenses are available at Adobe’s website (contributed by users).

  • …Thank you, Celeste.. I’ll have to check into that.. I just always assume that Adobe ignores Sony and Minolta lenses but I’ll check again right now.. thanks for the tip.. I have a 200mm APO HS G lens that could probably make me dinner if I asked it too.. does everything and tack sharp….but in sun and with high contrast edges…the dreaded fringing…..

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 2 years ago

    Awesome capture, Kat :-)

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 2 years ago

    beautiful image

  • vic321
    vic321over 2 years ago

    fantastic close up

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