Lone Mallard

Photographers are driven by two things, color and light. The two are inseparable and usually occur at their best early in the morning and late in the evening when the sun is at a low angle.

This morning I caught a very normal bird around here, a hen mallard, in what I would call a great moment of light. Nothing fancy about this photograph except the color and light are what makes this picture work. The duck is common and not doing anything at of the ordinary, just sitting on a clump of reed stubble.

But what caught my eye was the color, derived from the early morning light, surrounding this very normal creature. I happened to have passed this same spot again today early afternoon and nothing was the same. The light was hard and harsh and no great reflection or vibrant colors were to be found. It is a testament to the never ending pursuit for photographer of chasing great light early in the morning or late in the evening.


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