“Falcated”, I read, means “sickle-shaped” and refers to the tertials flopping over the male’s backside. This is my favourite Korean duck - though I wish we had Wood Ducks here.
Type of Critique Requested
- Aesthetic: Feedback on the overall visual appeal of the image, including its color, lighting, cropping, and composition.
- Technical: Feedback on the technical aspects of the image, such as exposure, color, focus and reproduction of colors and details, post-processing, and print quality.
Specific Feedback and Self-Critique
Does the irregular reflection have a negative impact?
D500 + 150-600mm (@600mm) 1/640 f8 ISO 400
Topaz Denoise - Shadows/Highlights and Curves in PS.
This is cool, Mike, I have never seen this species, it always amazes me how some ducks and other water fowl can have such vibrant colors without going through a custom paint booth for birds.
BTW, the framing, focus, DOF and all of the other technical stuff look great!
I like the reflection as well, it looks like the duck has a plume on it’s head
Thanks for sharing, Mike!
Thanks @Merv - the green is iridescence and one has to wait for the best angle to the sun to catch it. Each individual has its own varying sheen.
Head coloration is very nice and feather detail is nice and sharp. Comp is good, maybe a little more space on the bottom for swimming room. Overall, I like the colors and the reflection as an added bonus. Well done,Jim
A very cool duck, Mike. I can understand why they named it after those plumes. Excellent detail and a nice composition. I do think it needs a bit of counter-clockwise rotation. I usually use the straightening tool in the crop menu in PS and run a vertical line from bill tip to the same location in the reflection (any easily found feature works. Here’s what it looked like after straightening:
@Dennis_Plank - Thanks for that - it does look better now.