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American Wood Duck

American Wood Duck
Copyright ©2005, Jens Birch
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I came across this American wood duck (Aix sponsa) last time I visited the USA (May 2005).

This picture does not have the most artistic composition but it isn't any crop (just a resized full image) so I can't improve much on that. However, I think this close-up portrait shows the beauty of this bird very nicely! I can't keep it for myself anymore, so here it is, I hope you like it!

Cheers, Jens.

Photographer: Jens Birch
Folder: Jens' Wildlife
Uploaded: 30-Dec-2005 23:52 CET
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Camera: Olympus E1
Exposure time: 1/200 sec
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal length: 200 (400mm)
Lens: Zuiko ED 50-200/2.8-3.5
Focusing method: Spot
ISO: 400
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
Processing applied: resize + USM
Image resized to: 675x900

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adrie Hubregtsen wrote:
> The sharpness en feather details are very good, but I wonder why do you use 400 iso while
> you can use 2.8 F aperture???


at 200 mm the largest aperture is f/3.5. However, in order to get a deeper depth-of-field I chose to use f/5.0 in this case. Otherwise most of the duck's head would have been out of focus. Using ISO 400 allowed me to handhold at 1/200 sec.

Cheers, Jens.

Jens Birch at 13:15 CET on 31-Dec-2005 [Reply]


I must confess I'm not often keen on bird photos. Too many years of looking in field guides I guess. But I appreciate the patients and craft required to create a shot like this. Initially I thought a little slower shutter and a little more DOF perhaps but you made a good compromise for hand held. Hard to beat a Wood Duck for vibrant colour. Nice work Jens.

regards bert

Donald Bryant at 18:20 CET on 31-Dec-2005 [Reply]