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    Default Northern Pintail Close-Up.

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    Another from this way-cool duck (and its female close friend) that associated with Mallards for a couple of days this past winter, which helped in making it so much tamer than most others of this species (at least for us up here). A long lens and close approach was the best strategy as many of those Mallards were too often than not in the way - in front and behind!

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    Another beautiful portrait.
    Love the crop you chose.
    Exposure is spot on with lots of fine detail
    Eye work looks good!
    I like the soft blue to ivory to tan BG,
    Gail

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    The muted light you had was perfect.. Excellent, I have nothing to add to this..
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    This is just stunning! Love the framing, the gradient BG and the light. Fantastic job!

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    Yes...not much to add here...another Cadieux stunner. Love the water droplets (look like ice crystals)

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    Surreal Daniel. The detail you pull out with that old body man, how are you ever gonna give it up??

    Tone, texture, cool emotion, gorgeous gradient, icy chin... love it all.

    Bravo!

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    what I like about this shot is the soft calming pastel-like BG and the wet reflective beak.

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    Whassa matter? You couldn't get any closer??? Was I like best are the BKGR tonalities -- the blue (water?) on the bottom linking up with the blue of the bill, and the tan above complimenting the browns of the head.

    All in all? Superb!

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    Daniel:

    Now if you could just get the birds to reimburse you for your quality portraits, you could retire!

    Very nice, one of the most beautiful ducks, with great harmonious colors in the background, nice detail, soft light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Sump View Post
    Surreal Daniel. The detail you pull out with that old body man, how are you ever gonna give it up??

    Tone, texture, cool emotion, gorgeous gradient, icy chin... love it all.

    Bravo!

    Daniel isn't that old, cut out the old body comments !!
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    There's nothing I can add here...it's perfect man...The feather detail is outstanding and HA perfect...Your efforts have paid off big style with this bird....

    Well done Dan.

    Will

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    Yes, the soft gradient in the background is great. Detail on the bird is outstanding.

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    Hi Daniel a cracking side profile image .
    Love the overall color palette and the detail rendered .
    Very pleasing bicolored BG

    TFS Andreas

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