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Beautiful detail in the feathers of this mallard drake.
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October 5, 2019    f/5.6   1/400 second

Some photographers only shoot at sunset and sunrise with the soft light. When I go on a photography trip I start well before sunrise and work hard all day until after dark, sometimes still driving home or to my next spot late at night, exhausted enough to sleep very well. Do I shoot in bright sunlight? You bet I do, and even if the light isn't conducive to good photography, I will spend the whole day exploring and finding places to come back to when the light is good. A number of the photos you see on this website were taken in bright sunlight, and would not look as good on a cloudy day, or even during the magic hour. This mallard is a good example of that, notice how his green head just seems to glow in the sunlight. While looking at turkey photos in my collection, I have noticed the same thing, that their feathers just glow with a rare beauty in the sunlight. However, if you are a portrait photographer, or plan on shooting wedding photos, that would be very difficult, if not impossible, to shoot in this kind of light. Compare these comments with the photo, and what I wrote about, the yellow-eyed penguins (click here).

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