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Posted by
Maxine (Christchurch, New Zealand) on 7 January 2009 in Animal & Insect.

Up she pops looking sleek and and happy. Diving ducklings are such fun to watch but patience is required to capture them popping out of the water.

Canon EOS 400D 1/800 second F/4.5 ISO 400 75 mm

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Quark from Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands

Strange but wonderful view:-))

7 Jan 2009 6:40am

@Quark: Thanks Quark, I shot one of the duckling under the water and she looks like a rat! They are strange when submerged.

David from Avranches, France

Lovely shot

7 Jan 2009 8:38am

@David: thankyou David!

kylie from Shanghai, China

I really like the composition with the rings in the water here. Great capture!

7 Jan 2009 8:57am

@kylie: Hi there Kylie, thanks!

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

patience is REWARDED here!

7 Jan 2009 10:32am

@Dimitrios: i missed so many they come up so fast!

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Lovely capture!

7 Jan 2009 6:42pm

@Giovanni: Thanks Giovanni!

Roman from Thunder Bay, Canada

I'd say, this is one of you best, Maxine !!
There is no destractions from the main subject and the framing ripples fit great here. And putting the subject smack in the middle of the frame realy works for me in this image. Sometimes breaking the rules works !!!

Great image Maxine, here's my 5 stars, click!!!

cheers Roman

7 Jan 2009 6:59pm

@Roman: wow a big thankyou to you Roman! I have always tended to break rules to find out if they are worth obeying or not!

EYES WIDE SHUT from The library of my soul, United Kingdom

What a fabulous photograph. Your timing is perfect. Those ripples are simply divine

7 Jan 2009 8:49pm

@EYES WIDE SHUT: Thankyou! A lot of patience and some luck!

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like this point of view…

7 Jan 2009 9:23pm

@Calusarus: Thanks Calusarus.

willow from Chelsea, United States

I love the ripples - so perfect. Glad you were patient - it certainly was worth it for this shot.

7 Jan 2009 10:08pm

@willow: He came up so fast I really did not know what i would get until afterwards. Lots of shots ,but one or two good ones.

Veronelle from Lens, France

lovely capture

7 Jan 2009 11:42pm

@Veronelle: merci Veronelle!

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Superb shot Max, it's just perfect.

7 Jan 2009 11:55pm

@Observing: Perfect luck I think, sometimes determination pays off!

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Beautifully captured in a circle of ripples!!!

8 Jan 2009 3:01am

@Linerberry: It was my stubborn streak, finally got him!

Charles from New York, United States

I love the ripples in the water also...nice timing Max.

8 Jan 2009 10:47pm

@Charles: Thanks Charles, stubborness and dumb luck!

Kathryn from Warburton, Australia

absolutely SUPER Max!!!! i agree with Roman's composition point and everyone else's love of the ripples! such a wonderfully beautiful moment and capture! bravo!

9 Jan 2009 5:09am

@Kathryn: Thanks Kathryn, sheer determination won in the end!

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

now this is a KNOCK-out shot!!! faabaulous work Max!! bravo!!

23 Jan 2009 10:51pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/800 second
ISO 400
75 mm