Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Swimming Wood Ducks

Here is a hen wood duck swimming directly toward me with a drake following behind.  This photograph was taken at a small pond in an area with several man-made nesting boxes that the wood ducks were using.  My blind was built as close to the water as possible and I was lying on my belly with the camera lens resting on a log.  This low angle is dramatic.  This shot was taken just about sunrise but the sun wasn't high enough yet to shine through the trees at the perimeter of the pond.  The light is diffused and even.  Even though the hen is drab colored she still contrasts nicely with the darker water.  Especially her reflection.
400mm lens, 1/800 second at f/2.8, ISO 2000.

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