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On Guard



More action in our pond. There’s a female too, but she was taking a quick snooze in the long grass just off to the left of the frame.  This guy was very hard to catch standing still. He took his sentry duty pretty seriously.


May 10, 2011

Canon EOS 7D

ISO:200, 163mm, 1/40 sec, f/4.0

Lens: Tamron 70-200mm

Lightroom3: brightness/contrast adj.

5 responses

  1. Marc

    Simply stated: I love this shot. The colors, the clarity, the composition, and the sort of fanciful peek-a-boo quality. Yep, I’m enjoying the whole nine yards, Cheryl. Were you using a tripod (or one of those mini-tripods) for this pic?

    May 11, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    • To tell you the truth, this guy was REALLY hard to shoot and I’m not exactly sure why.

      Well first of all, my dog ran me right the heck off my feet just before I started shooting. I went to the barn to feed and on the way there I saw the ducks were in the pond. So I threw the horses in their stalls, gave them some gain and was running back to the house to grab my camera and tripod when my big red guy came ripping around the back side of the house and plowed directly into me. At knee-level. At full speed. I went down like a ton of bricks. I mean, I saw this blurry red streak in my peripheral vision, but silly me, I just assumed that with 6+ acres and no obstacles in sight he’d go around me. But no.

      By the time I stopped moaning, got up and took an assessment of the damages I thought the ducks would be gone. Still determined, I got my gear and set it up, but the pair was so “busy” eating, bathing and just doing what ducks normally do, that they were really hard to shoot. And there were lots of cattail reeds between us that made it even harder. Every time I got things set up where I wanted, they’d move just enough to throw everything off and I’d have to start over again. I think I got maybe five so-so shots out of 30? Oh, and I should have been starting dinner the whole time, so I kept looking at my watch thinking, “one more … I’ll just try to get one more shot ….” which naturally, turns into ten ….

      All in all it was a lousy shoot and I knew it, but I tried to salvage whatever I could. (yup, stubborn is my middle name!) The only consolation is that this breeding pair usually show up a dozen times or so before moving on, so perhaps I’ll get another chance if I’m lucky!

      Glad you liked this … and yes, I used a regular tripod. I’ve decided that I’m just too shaky to use the heavy 70-200MM at speeds slower than 1/80 sec.

      May 11, 2011 at 6:19 PM

  2. Nice capture, Cheryl. I was just shooting some ducks last week, using my 28-300mm with VR hand held, that big glass definitely takes getting used to.

    May 11, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    • Wayne …. I hope your attempts turned out better than mine! I can’t complain … I got a few decent shots, but not as many as I’d hoped. Still, something’s better than nothing!

      Thanks for looking!

      May 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

  3. h

    I love this shot too! the color! and the details, you can see his little curly-q tail! and I just adore the expression on his face! great shot, I hope your feeling okay again soon…damn dog!

    May 12, 2011 at 7:40 AM

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