Photographer's Note

This is last autumn's duck pond in the Bucharest Botanical Gardens. It was late October but the weather still held up nicely to a late summer atmosphere. It was still relatively warm and the ducks just left two days prior to that (must be a late record for migration so late in the year). More than 10 years ago the lake was purposely populated with "wild" ducks (they were part of some local "baron"'s hunting stock,word is that they were crossbred with farm ducks to allow for easier hunting while still looking "realistic" like wild ones do. The senator went to jail on corruption charges...and some of his property was seized- and the ducks awaiting a cruel fate were released to populate the lakes in Bucharest's parks). A nice decision no matter who took it - now we have maybe the third generation of ducks to freely migrate (no visas required if you're... a duck) and return to this and other lakes like this. This particular lake is a totally artificial one - it has concrete walls and bottom, like a large tub- but naturally occurring lake vegetation (algae and other water plants) are allowed to flourish. They also introduced Koi fish - large, white and red, or gold and red, or black on white, huge meter-long monsters that usually like to compete with the ducks for bits of bread or oatmeal biscuits or whatnot. During the long time the lake has existed,the fauna and carefully selected flora reproduced a natural-like environment to many species of birds and insects (yes, the water skipping mosquito and the like, turtles, etc and all sorts of finches in the bushes surrounding the lake). The botanical gardens also have a more "natural" pond-like environment -in a non concrete backed area that allowed a ... pipe to flow over some specially arranged rocks in the approximation of a natural cascade and a lot of water cypress trees with mangrove roots that houses different species of fish and some other turtles and frogs. Ducks, being freely circulating, do sometimes take a stroll or short flight from this bigger lake to the said pond.
The weather was uniquely twisted that day- for weeks it had been sunny and nice , just as it appears in the picture- but on that particular day it was extremely and suddenly cold and overcast. Just as I packed to leave the wind blew the clouds away and the Sun appeared for exactly one minute. The diminutive M50 shot 10 pictures in that time - 8 of which are keepers. The rest of the day is mostly photographically fruitless- hard and diffuse grey light that we all hate(?).
Short technical note: the M50 is a Canon mirorrless contraption that debuted in 2018. Got a refresh in 2021 that was mostly about firmware and got a bit more expensive. But it's a nice camera, in both versions. This is one of the kit zoom lenses, the 15-45 mm, although with Canon's traditional 1,6X crop it is more like 24-72mm. This was shot at 15 in Canon speak, that is 24 mm FF equiv.Colors were not touched- the only thing I did was a bit of de-fishing ( extreme distortion control)- although the zoom lens is not marketed as a fisheye per se (much too small angle of view at 24, or 15 as they say) the distortions rival one - but the thing drastically adjusts itself from what they call 18 (and is actually 28.8, say 28 and everyone's happy)so there is no distortion at all at that focal - and keeps up the good work up to its upper 45 (really 72, he-he)bout. The other zoom in the kit , the 55 to 250 (yup I know...88 to 375, say 80 to 350 or 400 to make folks happy)is also very nice - no notable distortions and is very light, compact and portable. And includes IS. As does this. Good light and enjoy the freshly duckless (auto de-ducked?) pond ..

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