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Posted by DULCIE (Danville, CA, United States) on 12 May 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

"Don't Try This At Home"

An afternoon in Martinez offered up a wildlife preserve, trains, marina, funky town, oil refinery and tanker trains, people feeding ducks and flying kites, and much much more. A mother-lode of material for my new telephoto lens.

Your critique of my photos is most appreciated. . . . .

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laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

On joue les contorsionniste. Joli cliché.

12 May 2009 8:35am

@laur: Cute! Thanks for getting into the spirit of it!

sarah from Switzerland

hi dulcie!! i am away at the moment in the UK but saw this pic and had to comment! WONDERFUL!!!!! I love it! Great shot, great colours and great title!!! back home next week....

12 May 2009 12:24pm

@sarah: Thanks for or remarks, Sarah. Hoping you are having a nice week away...and have taken your camera with you!

Suze from Raleigh, United States

Nice capture ... what a moment!

12 May 2009 1:31pm

@Suze: Thanks for sharing it with me!

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Not as easy as it looks : ] best...jerry

12 May 2009 2:31pm

@ordinaryimages: Nope...thanks for checking in, Jerry!

Ajay from Pune, India

I have seen so many duck shots but this one is just far beyond than anyone of them. Very unusual and very well capture. Clicked right in time.

12 May 2009 3:07pm

@Ajay: Oh, thanks for the kind comments. It's hard to be original, but sometimes duck antics just win over everything else.

Lucca from Cologne, Germany

lovely and unexpected moment

12 May 2009 4:16pm

@Lucca: Yes, this little duck rewarded my patience...Thanks for your comment!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Excellent detail.

12 May 2009 6:10pm

@john4jack: Thanks for that comment. That's something I am working towards...a good lens helps!

ZoomLNZ from Los Angeles Area, United States

I'm not quite sure what's going on here. It's either agony or ecstasy. Either way, it's a cool photo. Congrats on your new telephoto. Looks hefty... is 450mm the max focal length? Best wishes on future captures.

12 May 2009 8:29pm

@ZoomLNZ: Thanks for commenting on my photo. My lens is 70mm-300mm for Nikkon D90. I don't have any excuse for bad photos now, do I? It's a lot to live up to...a few instructional sessions are in order I think.

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

superb!! great timing... well composed and great lighting.. great job

13 May 2009 12:10am

@Vachel: Thanks so much for your remarks!

jenifriend from olathe, United States

lol that must take a lot of practice...to reach that spot on ones back i mean...and to get such a great shot!

13 May 2009 4:20am

@jenifriend: Yes, that's quite a contortion ...and thanks for the remarks about the 'great shot.'

Ladies on Avon from United States

This is one of the most vital, detailed, contrasting, shocking torque and colors in reality that I have seen. I love a good bird shot, this is beyond belief. Truly a title that tickles the fancy. You go with that lense.

14 May 2009 6:05am

@Ladies on Avon: I was really happy that this duck performed for me! So glad you like it.

Silverado Photography from Clearlake, United States

What a shot!

12 Jun 2009 12:17pm

@Silverado Photography: Thanks for visiting...and commenting. :-)

jhcibils from Berlin, Germany

A very original shot. I thought, the duck was dead! but no, it isn't

1 Sep 2009 12:54pm

NIKON D90
1/500 second
F/5.6
ISO 400
450 mm (35mm equiv.)