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Blue-billed Duck

Blue-billed Duck (Image ID 37883)
Photographed byNathan Watson on Tue 24th Dec, 2019 and uploaded on Mon 30th Dec, 2019 .
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ID37883
CommentI finally got some shots of Blue-billed ducks I'm reasonably happy with and initially uploaded some to the New Images gallery, but think I'd like to get more objective feedback on some of the shots to help me continue to improve first. This image is probably my favourite from my most recent shoot of these ducks, but I'm unsure if I have the crop correct. I don't want to crop too close and lose the image aesthetics, but feel this one might be improved with a slightly closer crop that brings the drake into frame a bit more and better highlights the soft, staggered reflection of his head and bill on the water. Thoughts? This image was shot early in the morning with manual exposure and I used my 1.4x teleconverter at its maximum 840mm focal range, which limited my aperture to F/9. I set ISO to 400 and used 1/640 shutter speed.
EquipmentCanon EOS 5D MKIII, Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Sports lens & 1.4x extender.
LocationLake Seppings, Albany, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, adult, breeding plumage/features
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