September 27, 2013

Canvasback Ducks, Maryland

Photograph by Paul Bramble, Your Shot

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A private tidal pond in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay hosts thousands of overwintering canvasback ducks, seen here gathered at dawn. "Canvasback ducks are my favorite bird to pursue, both with my camera and as a waterfowl hunter," says Paul Bramble, a member of National Geographic's Your Shot community. "Witnessing so many at one spot is incredible."

For this shot, Bramble employed a remote to allow the birds to move close enough to give a packed appearance. "As it was early morning, I set the camera to aperture priority to account for the changing light," he says. "Luck provided the shutter speed of 1/15th and the painterly blur of birds in the foreground."

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58 comments
antonio chiumenti
antonio chiumenti

it's a wonderful shot, the movement is the great value. it seems you can hear the rumor of the water !

Karam Ahmed
Karam Ahmed

i need to visit that fascinating place... awesome photo

Janice H.
Janice H.

Absolutely amazing!       Looks like a painting.      Nature, always surprising and new!

antoinette amegbletor
antoinette amegbletor

Amazing shot!

I  like the background vegetation, it allows the subject of this photo- The Ducks to stand out really well.

The apparent blured nature of this photo is as a result of the movement in the water body generated by the presence of the Canvasback Ducks.

A brilliant thought out capture!

Antonio Falivene
Antonio Falivene

Very Good. but it seems a little too blurred in the foreground.

Amit Singh
Amit Singh

I know Maryland have lots of beautiful things! Thanks for example, just perfect!

Shannon T
Shannon T

Wow, it does look like a painting. Beautiful sunrise.

Shanna Dennis
Shanna Dennis

Just amazing, to say the least! The vastness and DOF of the whole image is just wonderful! 

Leo-polo Moreno H
Leo-polo Moreno H

excelente foto que nos remota a momentos agradables de la vida

Samantha Seng
Samantha Seng

It's life, 

It's nature, 

It's amazingly beautiful !!

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

Paul Bramble:  'Canvasback Pond'

Heartwarming:  Maryland residents hopeful Chesapeake ecology makes a comeback! 

Bramble's gallery depicts Chesapeake Bay naturally, as it is.  From the days of the

colonists and the indigenous people who found these Atlantic shores a bountiful and

welcome place to establish lives in the New World!

I have my own photo of ducks from Michigan: 

Gary Conn  —  'Mackinac Bridge, Michigan'  http://on.natgeo.com/1195sSE 

View more Michigan images on my YourShot photo gallery  http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/18688 

Gary

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