The Ming vase

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Heather Mellon

Wonderful image Yves and striking in its simplicity! Looks like he's getting ready to take a nap which suits the serene mood this image displays so beautifully..

Yves Langlois

Thank you Heather. Nice to see you back. This is the pose when they sleep. Yes the pure line of the opposing two curves link by the orange one leg pleases me. Look to me like modern art or an antique vase displayed in a museum.

Debra Plett

Hi Yves, what a wonderful capture. I love the simplicity of this shot...two objects that appear to have a similar shape. One balancing on the other. A very calming image.

Yves Langlois

Hi Debra. Nice to have your comments. Well! For me, the main interest here is more as an artistic modern art photo than a shot at a mallard duck. I like what you say about the two curved objects balancing each other.

Jenny Stevens

Great title for this capture. He really is shy... or has cold ears !! Love this shot Yves.

Yves Langlois

Thank you Jenny. Since I have not a great variety of birds around here, I try to compensate with a little creativity.

Harold Fleming

Great subject on a perfect background, Yves! I like the lightness and darkness which brings out the texture and yet the smoothness of the duck against the roughness of the stone.

Yves Langlois

Thank you for nice comments.Harold. I have shoot the mallards many time. It is the first time I can see the finely engraved white feathers of its body.

Clifford Dupuis

Nice capture of this very shy Mallard. well done

Yves Langlois

Thank you for the comment Clifford.

Sometime the shooting contition produce an image out of the ordinary. Colours look like water colour painting, pure line of the object and the unique shape. To my eye this is more a sacrificial vase of the Ming dynasty than a sleeping mallard duck. Notice the finely engraved white feathers of the body.
Taken By
Yves Langlois
Taken On
April 18, 2021
ming vase mallard duck bird animal waterfowl
  • Focal: 400
  • Lens Model: 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM
  • Shutter speed: 0.005 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 6.3

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