Bob Scott  

Wood Duck in Pool by Bob Scott

November 2021 - Wood Duck in Pool

About the Image(s)

This male wood duck wasin the bird habitat at the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas, so it would be considered a zoo capture, although I might be able to get away with it as a nature shot with nothing but a name for the photo. That said, it’s such a gorgeous bird that my friends who have seen it don’t care and neither do I if I can’t submit it in a nature category. I sat on the ground and held the camera over the lip of the pool and and dangled the camera with the monitor panel pulled out”as low as I could possibly go.

I ran this through Photoshop and generally went for hitting the “Auto” button in Camera Raw and white balance and then again with the brightness and contrast and level layers, and auto tone, contrast and color. It’s cropped down and especially used cropping to emphasize the colors in the water ahead of the bird. I used the “Spot Healing” button to get rid of bright spots in the turbulent part of the water. I also brightened the foot

Nikon Z-7 Tamron 15 to 30 mm at. ISO 800 f/6.3 1/600

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6 comments posted

Subhash Sapru   Subhash Sapru
Its a nice shot of a beautiful bird. Sharp it is. The reflections in water add to the overall impact of the image.   Posted: 11/16/2021 08:03:00

Ham Hayes   Ham Hayes
Bob, Wonderful image of one of Creation's most outrageously patterned birds. If you ever get to the Pacific Northwest, they are endemic and I'll happily show you where. I especially like your composition with the positioning of the excellent dynamic element!   Posted: 11/16/2021 12:50:09

Peter Cheung   Peter Cheung
Very beautiful capture. The duck is very sharp and detailed. The colors are beautiful. I like the smooth reflection of the water. It makes the image so much different. Well done.   Posted: 11/19/2021 10:56:28

Howard Frank   Howard Frank
Excellent, sharp capture Bob. Great color and detail. If you have a larger image, I might recommend putting a little more background on the top and in front to give the duck room to move into. You might also consider lightening and brightening the duck a little to help him stand out from the background.   Posted: 11/19/2021 10:58:04

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
The sharp, beautiful detail of the wood duck's eye and markings contrasts with the abstract shapes in the water. Well done.   Posted: 11/20/2021 20:07:56

Peter Curcio   Peter Curcio
Very sharp and crisp image. Great detail and color complimented by the reflections in the water.   Posted: 11/23/2021 20:33:57