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The Chase is On by KeldBach The Chase is On by KeldBach
Captured this Mallard duck flying almost right over my head while chasing a female duck. These guys fly really fast. See also:

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MYPeanutGallery Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
Amazing capture!
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
Glad you like it, Penny :)
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Merhlin Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015
Eyup. They're the fighter jets and the geese are the bombers.  Nice shot. 
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015
That's a very striking analogy. Glad you like it :D
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Professional Photographer
Excellent. :D
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:iconkeldbach:
KeldBach Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015
Thank you very much :)
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Professional Photographer
You are most welcome. :D
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exit-humanity Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
outstanding
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:iconkeldbach:
KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Thanks very much :)
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exit-humanity Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem welcome
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tydude789 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
"BOOM!" Oh I wish I could hunt.. I'm just a city boy dreaming of the country. Great shot though.
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:iconkeldbach:
KeldBach Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Thanks :D
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ziezula Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
Exelent shot.
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:iconkeldbach:
KeldBach Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
Thank you :)
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Synn-M Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, that's a perfect capture.
I love how his wings are slightly blurred but his body is in perfect focus!

Excellent capture! :D
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:iconkeldbach:
KeldBach Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Thank you so much :)
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meihua Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Great capture! Wow!
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:iconkeldbach:
KeldBach Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Thanks a lot :)
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Simbas-pal Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Impressive photo, especially because I do know how fast these guys fly, especially when chasing a potential mate! (Mallards frequent the pond I live on.) Great detail and beautiful composition.:)
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:iconkeldbach:
KeldBach Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Thanks a lot. Luckily I was able to use a real fast shutter speed :)
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naruto-fan15 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
Wow thats Really Awesome sharp shot Brill
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:iconkeldbach:
KeldBach Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
Thanks a lot :)
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Anime-King-Zi2 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Amazing shot!
This reminds me of the video game "Duck Hunt."
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Thanks, glad you like it :)
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Photon-graph Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant !
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:iconkeldbach:
KeldBach Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Thanks a lot :)
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
420mm? What lens.

walt
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
I use a Nikon 300mm + 1.4x conversion lens = 420mm :)
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Ah-ha! Anything over 400 mm is out of my price range. For more than 400 mm I go to my D300, but after buying the D700 hardly ever use the D300 because of the noise over 800 ISO. I leave the D700 at 1600 ISO.

Walt
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
I upgraded to the D700 for the very same reason. The 1.4x conversion lens is quite good as long as you're able to use a small aperture (f/8.0 to 16.0 is great). I also have a 2x conversion lens, but it causes the auto focus to become too slow for shooting birds in flight.
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Your gallery is beautiful! I'm not quite that good with digital yet. We have some good birds to shoot in the local mountains, but back problems have kept me in my backyard mostly and an occasional trip to the desert. Although I've had every Nikon semi-pro camera I didn't start photography till about mid 2008. I've had photoshop since 1998(PS4) and have had every new version since + numerous plugins. I was a scientist working on digital printing and got everything for free or at a really good discount. I've really just started to learn photoshop with CS4. I now have CS5 and I'm still on the steep part of the learning curve. Do you use the Helicon focus much?

Walt
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Sure, Photoshop is indispensable for post processing, although I only use a fraction of all its features. I have CS3 Extended. As I always shoot in RAW format, I try to get everything as right as possible already when I import the photos. Especially exposure and WB. Afterwards I often find that adjusting Levels is enough for both adding a little extra contrast and fine-tuning the colour balance. So that's quite a simple workflow, but of course there are cases where I have to do a lot more editing.

Yes, I use Helicon Focus a lot at the moment. I find it fascinating and very useful to be able to add some extra DoF to my macro shots. I understand you can do the same in CS4 or CS5. Isn't that true?

Btw, thanks for the watch, Walt. I'll watch you back to see how you progress. That way I think we can learn something from each other :)
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Thanks for your watch, I'm afraid I have a long way to go with digital. Any criticism will be gladly accepted. I had Helicon for a year, but yes, CS4 does a very good job with DoF. I do most of my adjustments and sharpening in LAB color/curves. There is a very slight color loss going back to RGB, but nothing I can notice. I see the biggest differences when I go from my MAC(calibrated screen) to DA.
As I always tell people, I'm a technical person, not an artist.

Walt
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Nah, you have some fine pieces in your gallery, Walt, and even a DD now. I don't consider myself an artist either, but perhaps an artisan - or at least a photographer. You can't create anything if you don't have the basic skills, and you certainly seem to have a very apt background :)

Speaking of sharpening, there are many ways to do it, and I often use some of the scripts from TLR, which you can download here for free: [link]
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wachmistrz Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Bravo!
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:iconkeldbach:
KeldBach Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Thanks :)
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barcon53 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Wow, nice catch!
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:iconkeldbach:
KeldBach Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Thank you :)
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JCapela Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
great work :)
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
Thank you :)
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NIKON D700
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1/2000 second
Aperture
F/11.0
Focal Length
420 mm
ISO Speed
800
Date Taken
Jul 7, 2010, 5:53:38 PM
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh

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