Wood Duck Advice

Male wood duck (Aix sponsa) on the ice of a pond at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York.  Uncropped version.

Male wood duck (Aix sponsa) on the ice of a pond at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York. Uncropped version.

The wood duck was telling me to use the Rule of Thirds when I was photographing him at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo last weekend. I did my best but there were other ducks to either side of him.

Like in sports photography, photographing animals at zoos or in the wild does not always lend itself to in camera composing of photos.  You have little control as to where the animals are or may move to.  Thus a lot of my wildlife and zoo photos are cropped for composition.  For instance, I was able to crop Mr. Wood Duck’s photo per his suggestion below.

Wood duck (Aix sponsa) standing on ice at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York. Cropped version.

Wood duck (Aix sponsa) standing on ice at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York. Cropped version.

His eye is near one of the power points of the frame.  Maybe I will add a little bubble with some funny text coming out of his mouth.  What would he be saying?

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13 Responses to Wood Duck Advice

  1. truels says:

    A beautiful and colorful guy. I think he says:
    ” Hey you there with your camera! Forget this about “Rule of Thirds”. But take me in from the cold – My feet are freeeeeeezing! “

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  2. Jeffrey says:

    My first thought was “GREAT GOOGILY MOOGILY!!!” (reminds me of the commercial where the Hockey Rink manager misspells the team’s name under the ice. And I think he gets frozen up to his ankles while fixing it)

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  3. Sybil says:

    Duck singing the scale, “lah, lah, lah, lah, lah, lah, lah, lah, lah, …”

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  4. Lucinda says:

    “Aflac!”

    Wood ducks are such beautiful birds. I used to paint their bills in my father’s shop when I was younger. So many different colors. I’d LOVE to photograph one.

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  5. milkayphoto says:

    Now THAT is one colorful duck FULL of personality! Did you take any vertical shots of this guy to get his reflection?

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  6. Karma says:

    “Duck you!” ( Is that too much for a family friendly blog, LOL?)
    Really, though Scott – love the duck! So colorful.

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