Mallard in Herons Green Bay, Chew Valley Lake, Somerset; 6 Apr 2015.

A Minimalist image – just some ripples and a silhouetted duck.

The up-curled tail feathers show this to be a male (drake) Mallard, a very common and often tame waterbird here in the UK.

This is a colour image, albeit one with little colour in it.  And I’ve used CEP4‘s Cross Balance filter to give the effect of Tungsten (i.e. artificial light) film that has been used in daylight, which has resulted in the image’s cool, faintly bluish tints.

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Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 200 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4, using the Cross Balance filter.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

10 Responses to ARCHIVE 497 – MALLARD

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Who would have thought the words “Mallard” and “daring composition” would go together? 🙂 Wonderful, wonderful. (I used to covet the males’ curled tail feathers, always hoped to find one that had been shed).


  2. paula graham says:

    Simplicity itself, attractive with it.


  3. oneowner says:

    Wonderful shot. Some may say that the duck should be entering the frame but I think it’s just as effective leaving the frame, too.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks, Ken! I know exactly what you mean about entering and leaving the frame – conventionally, its thought best to have space for moving things in the frame to move into, but I’m easy (suspicious might be better) about all such “rules” – glad you agree! For me, the basic thing is that if an image looks good then it is good, end of story, irrespective of whether it breaks any “rules”. A 🙂

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