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© Chuck Homler
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Two years ago I befriended a Mallard Drake and I named him George. Really, no joke, no exaggeration, George was my buddy. George and his flock would swim by my office and I could open my window, call his name and he would fly to the shore and walk up to my window. I would feed him some duck food, and some cornflakes...

George was a large mallard and he was recognizable amongst his flockmates. George had a mate, so I had to wrack my brain for a name for her. Famous Georges and their spouses came to mind... I could have named her Martha, but I opted for Ouise :)

PROCESS: This image is a cropped photo. I got close to her, at eye level and shot this image near my office deliberately overexposing the shot and using a shallow depth of field. The background is SNOW. The only processing was unsharp mass and also a levels and curve adjustment for contrast.

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  • Lisa Simmonds

    Lisa Simmonds gave props (18 Nov 2012):

    Great pic, I love George

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (18 Nov 2012):

    Wonderful capture of George and thank you for explaining image! Great work!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (19 Nov 2012):

    I love this capture and story of George and Ouise! You did fabulous processing without overdoing it in PS. I am trying to learn things like when to deliberately overexpose and using shallow depth of field, maybe someday I will get the hang of it : )

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (20 Nov 2012):

    Great story and a VERY nice shot of Ousie!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (7 Feb 2013):


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