Wood Duck

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I have wanted to see and photograph these beautiful birds ever since I knew of their existence. So, when I read that wood ducks like to hang out in Lithia Park in the winter I could hardly believe it. But I packed up the new camera anyway and headed right down there. I got out of the car to do a scouting trip and almost immediately did a 180 back to the car to get the camera because they were there.  I shot a number of frames of ducks on shore before they got spooked and headed into the water. But that was OK because I really wanted a water shot. Well, easier said than done. The cloudy winter light was flat and in order to get a shutter speed fast enough to stop the motion of the swimming ducks (those puppies move fast!) I had to crank the ISO up to 1600. This one was a little noisy and dull out of the camera. So, I applied some noise reduction and clarity in Lightroom. Then took it into Nik CEP for detail and brightening.  It still seemed a little off and I almost rejected this one for an onshore shot as image of the week.  But then I decided to try one more thing and took it into Photoshop to add a little saturation and that did the trick.  I’m still thinking to go back with the long lens and “big girl” camera as soon as we get a break in the weather.

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