Deborah Stewart  

Male Mallard by Deborah Stewart

July 2024 - Male Mallard

July 2024 - Deborah Stewart


About the Image(s)

Shot on Canon Rebel T EOS 1500D. Camera settings ISO800, 300mm, F14, 1/640. I think I used my 18-55mm lens.

I edited the photo in Lightroom Classic.

I am still learning to use Lightroom. I shot this sitting by the water where all of the water birds were and had my camera on my monopod.

2 comments posted

Ted Evans   Ted Evans
Hi Deborah,
I like the iridescent color formations of birds like the Mallard. I like that you put the bird on the thirds also. I think it would be an improvement to somehow increase the exposure and shadows/black in post processing to bring out more detail in the eye and head. Otherwise, a great subject and composition.

Maybe a lower ISO, aperture and shutter speed may have given you more data to work with.   Posted: 07/09/2024 12:07:40

Maria Mazo   Maria Mazo
Hi Deborah, I like how you have managed the editing of this image, recovering the iridescent colour of the Mallard and bringing back detail in the shadows.
However, I am not sure about the purple dominance in the water I suggest you try reducing it using the new feature in Lightroom called Colour Mixer. You can pick the colour and modify the hue, luminance and the saturation
I also would consider revisiting the crop and recovering the space on the right side of the bird. Currently, the bird is touching the border of the image, but you have some space in the original.

  Posted: 07/12/2024 05:20:38


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