Photo Series-Ducks, Geese and Pheasants
Ducks, geese and pheasants are some of the most exotic and often sought after culinary delights the world over. Many can often be found at exotic restaurants and even at very expensive galas.
But before your mouth starts to water thinking of a delicious dish of roasted duck, or stuffed pheasant, let's bring you back to reality and let you know that we are taking about a photographic project which focuses on recording images of these three fowl specimens.
When commencing on this project first locate various areas in which you can find at least two of these subjects with geese and ducks being the most common of the three. This should not prove to be too difficult. Your local zoo is probably stocked with various species of both, alternatively many geese and ducks can be found at large lakes and on some farms.
Try to record images of the more exotic duck species such as the mandarin, wood ducks, golden eyes and cayugas. Your goal should be to capture them in their entirety to draw attention to their plumage which is often colorful and quite beautiful.
The mandarin duck is probably the one considered the most beautiful of all the duck species and almost all zoos have some freely roaming specimens alongside the most common as well as geese. Again, your emphasis should be to record the beautiful plumage and head shots which clearly show their eyes in very crisp and sharp detail.
Next should be pheasants, especially the males as they exhibit the nicer feathers of the species. Often golden or rich reds with green, these were long a specialty dish in many parts of Europe but have since been raised in order to admire their elegance.
This is not to say that all of these bird species are solely raised to be admired. They are still actively eaten in most parts of the world as well as hunted for both sports and consumption.
When taking their photos try to do so when lighting conditions are best to highlight their often brilliant plumage. Overcast skies are best or subjects that are under shadowy conditions like when they are under the base of trees or foliage. For these use fill in flash.
Photos taken during bright Sunlight can often appear to be suffering from overexposure and their brilliance can be lost in this harsh light.
Ducks, Geese & Pheasants
Many of your images should be done in sets of three; one of the bird's head to include the eyes in close up modes. one of the entire body to fully showcase their body feathers and images consisting of pairs of males and females or adults with their young.
Using a zoom lens is often best since most of these creatures are skittish and will run away when approached by anyone. Be careful when photographing them while they are in the water since water often offers reflections which can fool you camera's sensors. In this case it is best to use a polarizing filter. These filters have the effect of eliminating most glare form most surfaces, leaving you with a clear and glare free final image.
Your shots can be submitted to various nature publications, book publishers, hunting or sportsman's magazines. and photographic stock houses.
If you also want to feature some of your images in an fine art gallery display then the best subjects are usually the most unusual and colorful such as some pheasant species and several duck ones. Choose those images which are very colorful and pleasant to look at.
"Pheasants are characterised by strong sexual dimorphism, males being highly ornate with bright colours and adornments such as wattles and long tails. Males are usually larger than females and have longer tails. Males play no part in rearing the young. Pheasants typically eat seeds and some insects...."The best-known is the Common Pheasant, which is widespread throughout the world in introduced feral populations and in farm operations. Various other pheasant species are popular in aviaries, such as the Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus)."Wikipedia
"Duck is the common name for a large number of species in the Anatidae family of birds, which also includes swans and geese. The ducks are divided among several subfamilies in the Anatidae family; they do not represent a monophyletic group (the group of all descendants of a single common ancestral species) but a form taxon, since swans and geese are not considered ducks. Ducks are mostly aquatic birds, mostly smaller than the swans and geese, and may be found in both fresh water and sea water." Wikipedia
- Game Bird Pictures - National Geographic
See pictures of game birds (including turkeys, quail, peacocks, and more) in this birds photo gallery from National Geographic.
© 2012 Luis E Gonzalez
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