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Blue-billed Duck

Blue-billed Duck (Image ID 37586)
Photographed byNathan Watson on Sun 24th Nov, 2019 and uploaded on Thu 12th Dec, 2019 .
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ID37586
CommentA few weeks back I took some shots of some Blue-billed Ducks. I generally wasn't happy with most of the shots but going back through them tonight, I found one that might be better than I originally thought. I've cropped it into a profile shape as I thought it worked well vertically given the reflection, and done some minor adjustments in Lightroom to the exposure, contrast and shadows to bring out the Drake's rich colour better. Opening the shadows I lost a bit of bill colour so I've brought this back using a brush, and then used a brush to further open the shadows on the water across the top and bottom of the image to let the Drake stand out as much as possible. I've then adjusted the luminance to remove a little noise. Image taken at f/6.3, 1/1600 and ISO 3200.
EquipmentCanon EOS 5D MKIII, Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Sports lens
LocationLake Seppings, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, adult, breeding plumage/features
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