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Heather Mellon

The fog gave you a nice monochrome background to work with and I like very much how the colorful markings of the mallards stand out against it here. A beautiful flight shot, Yves.

Yves Langlois

Thank you for your appreciated comment Heather. It is always a delight when shooting conditions produce an unusual result. I understand that the background is black and white but it is still a mystery that only the bright colours (blue, green, yellow) appears. All the browns didn't.

Heather Mellon

I noticed that too and wonder if the the effects of the fog diffused the softer brown tones more than the brighter yellow and blue primary colours, plus the reflective green color on the neck feathers of the male mallard. Just guessing though. The best part is that it occurred naturally and not in Photoshop :)

Clifford Dupuis

awesome capture with a great mood

Yves Langlois

Thank you very much Clifford. And a nice story too. One of those surprise moments that keep the photographer happy.

Debra Plett

Super shot Yves. I do like the almost black and white look with just a touch of colour in the mallard couple. This image has a very tranquil mood for me. I like how you captured them flying off together into the fog. beautifully captured.

Yves Langlois

Thank you very much Debra. They surprised me so it was a kind of fast blind shot. Glad that the autofocus function well. Like very much the pose of the two birds. specialy the wings down of the female.

Taken at the Drummond dam on the Magog river. When I came on the site that morning there was a very thick fog on the river. I had to wait a long time before I could have just a little bit of see through. That mallard couple took of just beside me on the river bank. The whitening done by the fog gives the hole image a very special look.
Taken By
Yves Langlois
Taken On
November 18, 2021
mallard couple duck fog bird animal waterfowl flying teal
  • Focal: 400
  • Lens Model: 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM
  • Shutter speed: 0.002 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 6.3

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