Bright And Beautiful

© Carol Teal

Bright And Beautiful

Uploaded: December 17, 2006


Mandarin: Scientific Name: Aix galericulata (Thanks Dennis!)
F4.1, 1/125, 92mm, ISO 100, Taken at Busch Gardens, Tampa, FL about noon.


Carol Teal December 17, 2006

CC welcome! This was taken today at Busch Gardens in Tampa. If anyone knows what type of duck this is, let me know! I didn't think to look at the plaques to find out. #573843

Dennis Flanagan December 17, 2006

Scientific Name: Aix galericulata #3713159

Carol Teal December 17, 2006

Thanks Dennis! I should have guessed you would know! You're the weatherman and the bird expert! Do you know flowers too? :) I tried to look it up on the Internet, but didn't find it. Now I need to add it to the title! #3713165

Mike Rubin December 19, 2006

Nice and sharp with great color. Did you change the background? #3719837

Carol Teal December 19, 2006

Thanks Mike for the critique and encouragement! No Mike, the background is dark because of the DOF and because it was shady there too. There were a few lighter spots, nothing you could distinguish but sort of a brownish tint in a few spots, guess that was where more light was coming thru the trees and I cloned over those couple little spots with the blk that was there already. #3719908

Shawn M. Marymee December 19, 2006


Very nice photo Carol. #3719949

Amy JACKSON December 20, 2006

Beautiful capture, Carol!! Great colors and clarity!! #3723600

Carol Teal December 20, 2006

Shawn and Amy, thank you so much for your kind comments and encouragement! I truly appreciate it! #3723644

Hurk (Steve) Hurkett December 26, 2006

Beautiful colors in this fine feathered friend ...

Steve Hurkett #3741698

Carol Teal December 26, 2006

Thank you Steve! It is amazing how colorful many of the birds are! #3742919

Steve M. Harrington December 27, 2006

This is a beautiful image, Carol. I think it would be interesting to see Aix cropped vertically; let him dominate the frame. This would help to satisfy my near obsession with vertical compositions (I'm sure over half my images are vertical!) I should probably seek help! :)
Steve #3744709

Carol Teal December 27, 2006

Thank you Steve! And I, too, do a lot of vertical shots. I took this one as a horizontal though because of objects in the BG that were distracting. However, here is a crop in vertical. What do you think now? #3744773

Steve M. Harrington December 27, 2006

Carol, I like this crop better, but then I've told you of my bias. Don't you think Aix looks more debonair? :)

Steve #3744816

Carol Teal December 27, 2006

Yes, he does look quite lovely like this. The only thing I didn't do was up the saturation levels a little so I am taking this one off and adding the new one. Thanks Steve for your suggestion and comment! #3744949

Steve M. Harrington December 27, 2006

Now he's got attitude! Well done, Carol. #3744987

Larissa M. December 27, 2006

The bird with a 'tude!! :)
I love the cropped version... it adds a little something needed to the picture!

~*Lue... #3745341

Mike Rubin December 27, 2006

I agree , The crop is good. #3745675

Shawn M. Marymee December 27, 2006

I Second that. I like the crop better!
Shawn #3745816

Carol Teal December 28, 2006

Thank you Mike and Shawn for your 2nd look and your comments!

Lue, I appreciate your comment and encouragement! #3746525

Ray Clarke December 28, 2006

This is beautiful Carol, lovely colours and great detail (ac) #3746595

Carol Teal December 28, 2006

Thank you so much Audrey for your kind coment and words of encouragement! I need to look up this duck (since Dennis told me what he was) to find out more about them. Because he was at Busch Gardens, I don't know if he is a common duck for this area. There were several of them there, and their colors were so beautiful! #3747466

Steve M. Harrington January 24, 2007

Way to go, Carol!
Steve #3862600

January 24, 2007

Well look at you!!! :))Congratulations for all of your hard work "You've come a long way baby"

Willard #3863043

Mike Rubin January 24, 2007

WOW! Congratulations. I agree with Willad, You have come a long way. I'll gust add "in a short time!" #3863076

Carol Teal January 24, 2007

Thank you so much Steve!! #3863488

Carol Teal January 24, 2007

Thank you so much Willard and glad to see you around. I have missed you! And Mike, thanks so much! #3863530

Amy JACKSON January 24, 2007

Congratulations, Carol!!! WTG!! This really is beautiful!! Well done! #3864400

Carol Teal January 24, 2007

Amy, thank you so much for your kind comment! #3865362

Stan Kwasniowski January 25, 2007

Carol, excellent, and congratulations #3868112

Carol Teal January 25, 2007

Thank you Stan! #3868689

John V. Roscich level-deluxe January 25, 2007

JOHN #3869966

Carol Teal January 25, 2007

Thank you John! I was quite surprised (and excited) when I saw the emails (I didn't expect to know until nearer the end of Jan). And I had entered this one already before I cropped the photo as suggested. I think I like the cropped one better. #3872987

Tammy Scott level-classic January 26, 2007

Beautiful image - congratulations on a great finalist #3875089

Carol Teal January 26, 2007

Tammy thanks so much for your encouragement! I looked through your gallery and you have so many beautiful finalists! #3875454

William Johnson February 28, 2007

Lovely capture and colours . Plenty of detail and nice composition Carol. Congrats on your recent awards too, well done. Bill J. #4005165

anonymous February 28, 2007

The title says it all! Congrats on your finalist!! #4008787

Carol Teal February 28, 2007

Bill and Barbara, thank you for your kindness and support! #4009372

March 07, 2007

You sure have been doing the (right ) things !!! like "wow" happy for you Carol !!!!
....Jimmy..~ #4032770

Carol Teal March 07, 2007

Thanks so much Jim for looking through my gallery! #4032773

Suzanne Colson March 22, 2007

What a great shot!! Great detail here. #4084140

Carol Teal March 22, 2007

Suzanne, thank you so much for looking and for your encouragement! #4084346

March 22, 2007

Congrads on the "finalist" !!!! well deserverd!!!! happy for you!!! Jimmy...~ #4084358

Carol Teal March 22, 2007

Thanks so much Jim! I appreciate you taking a look! #4084388

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna May 10, 2007

WOW!!!!! AWESOME image, Carol!!!!! Congratulations on it. :-) :3 #4267807

Carol Teal May 10, 2007

Kitty, thank you so much for your kind comment! #4270224

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