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Blue-billed Duck

Blue-billed Duck (Image ID 37935)
Photographed byNathan Watson on Tue 24th Dec, 2019 and uploaded on Thu 2nd Jan, 2020 .
Resolution1400x913
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ID37935
CommentHere is another Blue-billed Duck photo I'd like some feedback on. I've been sitting on this image for a while, there are aspects I really like, such as the pose and composition of the drake which is highlighted by the soft, silhouetted duck figure in the foreground. What I am finding really distracting is the out of focus duck in the distant background between the pair. Do others find this distracting as well or not? Are there any techniques for effectively removing it without picking up pixels from the subject ducks? Would removing it be acceptable editing or going a step too far?
EquipmentCanon EOS 5D MKIII, Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Sports lens
LocationLake Seppings, Albany, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, female, adult, breeding plumage/features
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