Barbara E Miller, HonPSA, MPSA, EFIAP  

Alert by Barbara E Miller, HonPSA, MPSA, EFIAP

May 2023 - Alert

May 2023 - Barbara E Miller, HonPSA, MPSA, EFIAP


About the Image(s)

I don't know what kind of bird this is I just liked his look! I did very little to the image. In Topaz I sharpened it and added a vignette and added a catchlight to his eye. It appears i must have focused on his eye since the beak and back part of his head are soft. Added a 1 pixel stroke to stand out against our black BG

1/100 sec; f/5.6; ISO 100 focal lgth 130

6 comments posted

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Barbara, this is a fantastic photo of a male wood duck. I am not sure what season it is in Florida, but in Pennsylvania it would be just after the mating season. In full color, the breast is all a rich red/orange and the top of the head above the white line is teal blue/green. I think Florida is well past the mating season, so the colors are not vibrant. Jim   Posted: 05/01/2023 13:59:52

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Male wood ducks are one of the most colorful ducks in North America. We are watching a series on bird watching from National Geographic offered by the Great Courses which mentions the duck's colors. The only thing I can suggest is putting the catchlight just a little off-center, perhaps a little more towards the front of the eye.   Posted: 05/01/2023 14:40:51

Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
WOW! You have photographed one of my favorite ducks. They are very skittish.. I have tried to photographed in the wild but have been unsuccessfuk . Very nice portrait. Nothing to add.   Posted: 05/01/2023 22:13:38

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Barbara, this is lovely. The combination of brilliant and subtle colors of the duck's feathers makes your photograph very appealing and interesting. I also like the background and the depth of field. Well done!

  Posted: 05/02/2023 13:30:51

David Price   David Price
I agree with the others about this image. You have caught it well. I would agree with Richard about putting the catch light a little off centre and I would also reduce its opacity. Otherwise I wouldn't change a thing.   Posted: 05/04/2023 04:50:03

Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
HI Barbara, I can't help with the ID but for sure its a beautifully colored bird that you have caught in strikingly clear detail. Since you drew our attention to the added catchlight I felt that its roundness was a bit unnatural so would suggest something more diffuse and irregular, like its catching a patch of shiny water.   Posted: 05/04/2023 16:46:02


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