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Picture Perfect

Stunning images from the winners of our 2nd annual Ducks Unlimited magazine photo contest
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by James Card

2011 DU Magazine Photo Contest "Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again," said Henri Cartier-Bresson, the man considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. Waterfowlers are always witnessing ephemeral scenes. Ducks and geese are only momentary visitors. Wetland landscapes transform and change over time, and hunting dogs, sadly, live much shorter lives than people. 

Photographers refer to the first and last hour of daylight as the "golden hours," when the lighting is warmer and softer and colors take on an added glow. It is a magical time to shoot photographs. As waterfowling is an endeavor undertaken against a backdrop of sunrises and sunsets, duck and goose hunters have the perfect opportunity to capture fleeting images in the finest light available during days spent afield.


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