May 9, 2013 Quack…Quack

 

Shortly after I got my Tamron zoom in 2012, I saw two ducks in my yard that I tried to get images of.  The photos just stunk.  They were awful.

 

Today, as I was putting my yard waste container behind the garage, I saw the exact same two ducks had returned, so I grabbed my D5K and attached the Tamron, and went to work.  Here ya go.

 

MAY 9 2013  001Nikon D5000 with a Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens shot at F/5.6 and a 1/250 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 500.  Focal length: 250mm (APS-C).

The ducks were rather skittish when I showed up and kept walking away from me.  After a while, they accepted my presence a bit more and allowed me within about 10 feet or so.  Because these were “action” shots, I was forced to shoot in Program Mode, and the murky skies prompted an ISO of 500.  Anyway, this image is actually a bit of a fail, as the background is too cluttered.

 

 

 

MAY 9 2013  004ANikon D5000 with a Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens shot at F/5.3 and a 1/500 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 500.  Focal length: 210mm (APS-C).

This duck is giving me the tail.  I emphatically told them I was a photographer for Blue Light Pix (and promised them a feature!) but they kept moving away from me when I first arrived.  I cropped this a bit to put our duck off-center.

UPDATE: Doctor Catherine Adams, our resident Veterinarian on Blue Light Pix, has informed me that this is a Mallard Drake (male).

 

 

 

MAY 9 2013  002ANikon D5000 with a Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens shot at F/5.3 and a 1/500 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 500.  Focal length: 220mm (APS-C).

The other duck gave me this pose.  The D5K delivers a nice image here, with his colors a bit more accentuated than they were live.  This is my favorite, but our subject needs to wipe their bill.

UPDATE: Catherine identifies this as a Mallard hen (female).  My guess was the total opposite (that’s why I refrained from identifying them).  Her bill looks like me when I’m polishing off a pizza, so I guessed the duck as male.

 

 

 

MAY 9 2013  007Nikon D5000 with a Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens shot at F/5.3 and a 1/500 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 500.  Focal length: 190mm (APS-C).

The other duck, a little more accepting of me now.  Interesting how the D5K kept the exact same settings for these past 3 images.  The camera kept the higher shutter speed by seeing I was using long focal lengths.  Maybe camera’s are not as dumb as I keep saying they are?  Anyway, note I cut off their left foot.

I should open up a wildlife sanctuary, as I seem to have a lot of wild creatures pass through my yard.

 

Oh yeah, the music for today’s page was “God Shuffled His Feet”  by the Crash Test Dummies, which included one of my favorites; “How Does a Duck Know?”…no, I’m serious!  I have always liked that song (I even used it on one of my weather videos in the mid 1990’s).

 

all images © Scott Woelm –  May 2013