Brad Ashbrook  

Wood Duck Family by Brad Ashbrook

June 2020 - Wood Duck Family

June 2020 - Brad Ashbrook


About the Image(s)

I stopped entering salons a long time ago and back then it was only Stereo 3D. So this edit is for a pictorial point of view to remove elements that I found distracting. The basic edit was in Lightroom and then off to CC for cloning, content aware fill and spot healing brush. Finally a small vignette and tried to dodge the mother some to separate her from the background.

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7 comments posted

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Nice dodge on the mom's head, I think it does make it stand out. Eyes look clear to me. In retrospect, I might have lowered the horizon or done a portrait to get the reflected eye with more overhead space. Do like the reflected eye and the removal of the left and right branches.   Posted: 06/11/2020 10:29:40

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
The cropping and removal of a couple of extra branches was definitely needed. Well done with your dodging on the mother , she needed to be made to stand out more. personally I find the green to be too vivid and I would have toned it down a little. If it were mine I would experiment with cropping off/ cloning out the strip of vegetation cutting through the reflection, as the brightness of it is a distraction.
  Posted: 06/12/2020 05:14:08
Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
I was thinking about doing that but was worried about the reflection.   Posted: 06/12/2020 07:58:29

Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
The eye on the mom duck is great. The reed in the water is distracting to me. I would burn it or totally remove it. I would remove grass in the foreground also.   Posted: 06/12/2020 18:03:52

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
The composition tells a god story of the ducks in their environment. getting low for the shot was good. I like the way the ducks are looking towards each other but the eyes on on the viewer. The horizontal vegetation in the front is just a little bright. I try not to look for distractions, but just find elements of the image that are part of the story.   Posted: 06/13/2020 02:10:21

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Wow, you were almost in the water for the shot, or close to it. Nice work post processing. I think the reflected branch is a bit too bright compared to the one behind Mama duck. I like the way the baby is looking at Mama, and it seems like there is a moment of communication going on there.   Posted: 06/21/2020 11:42:13

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
I like the way the enhanced the original. Since you did quite a bit of work, I would have preferred that you also deleted the large vertical "pole", reed, or whatever that is. Not easy, but it would be a big improvement.   Posted: 06/29/2020 11:54:40