Find interesting reflections then add a duck. That is not actually what happened. As I looked at this beautiful beaver pond with mountains surrounding it; I noticed these very curious ducks coming toward me. I had my wide angle lens on my camera to capture this whole scene. As these ducks approached, I realized that was the wrong lens. I quickly changed to a 200 mm lens to isolate the most interesting part of the scene. The duck caused a circular ripple in the water much like a rock thrown in the water. In composing the image I give the duck more space in front. This seems to help the viewer to imagine the duck's forward motion. The deep blue sky with lush green vegetation gave me a very dramatic reflection in the pond. I shot with a very large f-stop that produced shallow depth of field helping to isolate my subject even more.
Oconaluftee River Trail
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