My son got pretty close and conversational with a duck this summer. It was on our vacation when we spent a day in Boston. If you've ever read the book "Make Way for Duckling" this is the actual pond where the story takes place. Lots of ducks, beautiful back-lighting, complimentary colors. I knew when I took the picture that it would make for a pretty good subject matter. And it's time I do some painting of my kids while they're still little. I'm not at all used to painting people, but I'm pretty happy with this one. I think it helped to turn the photo up-side down so I could focus on the shapes and values more than perfect details....lol...I'm working really hard these days to get away from those details.