I have to correct myself.... I originally said I thought wings could be stopped with a shutter speed of 1000 or more... I was obviously very wrong - Kurts SapSucker Daily is a perfect example of how wrong.
Thanks everyone, now all I need to do is make a cheat sheet and attach it to my camera right? If only I could it would make it easier. I am so thankful for this new community, I really need it and look forward to learning as much as my old brain is capable of. Smiles :) gail
The elusive BIF. Always a photographers goal but one of the hardest shots to pull off and do it well. Its also very hard to remember in the field what +EC and -EC do to all the elements of an image. Here we have two main elements, sky and bird, the sky is not washed out and has some blue in it which is great! I agree with Thusie's evaluation about shutter speed and EC here - you want more light on the ducks head and other darker areas. Using a +EC would achieve that and at the same time slow the shutter speed down.
To capture flapping wings without any blur should be possible at anything past 1000, I would think, except a humming bird. Just realize that a slower shutter speed will also make the sky a lot brighter and maybe even blow it out in this case.
I think all in all its a very nice first "decent duck".
Thanks Nonda, I always seem to do that EC the opposite of what should be but practice makes perfect. Next time. I am always worried about getting a BIF so I over did it on shutter speed. Will work on that to but knowing me you'll have to remind again. Thanks for the constructive comments that's why I am here.
Gail, good first go on a duck! I think you topped out at 1/8000 shutter speed (Sean?). EXIF has a negitive EC and dark duck in bright sky would be a + EC which would bring your colors up. Duck is black (head) and purple (wings) wher he should be green and blue. That said not easy to freeze one of these guys in flight, hats off to you.