Wood Duck Portrait w/Repost

Repost based on @Kris_Smith suggestion:

Original Post

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa), Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland, Oregon, USA

These guys are pretty tolerant of people at Crystal Springs…probably because people feed them. Anyway, I was able to get pretty close to this one.

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Any comments appreciated.

Technical Details

Is this a composite: No
Fujifilm X-H1, XF 100-400 @ 400, 1/100 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 1,250. Monopod.

No crop, minimal processing in Capture One - minor drop in exposure, white balance adjustment, added some clarity and structure, minimal vignette.

Oh what a beauty. I can’t get anywhere near them here. Too wary and too small from a distance. So this year I’m determined to be better and skulk in my kayak or else plant my photo blind where they might deign to come by. The detail you got here is incredible. They are such wonders of plumage and form. Do you think you might have a go at brightening him up a bit? You probably have the shadow detail in spades.

Yeah, the jpg version does seem to be a bit dark. Reposted above. Thanks Kris.

Brighter is better!

As a total aside, I spent some time yesterday with a book about Wisconsin’s undeveloped lakes and I put together a Places to Paddle list on Google Maps. Some of the lakes in the book I’ve already paddled and some will be new, but I hope I can sit and relax and find some wildlife. That’s my goal this year. I have the gear, now I just need to find the patience.

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Fantastic close-up look at the duck. Great detail and the colors stand out beautifully.

What a gorgeous portrait!! Studio-quality!!!

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Wow, this is gorgeous, David. As fine a wood duck portrait as I believe I’ve ever seen. Bravo on a terrific shot.

He is beautiful, David. Excellent capture.

Hi David
Every time I go out looking for ducks, the Wood Duck is high on my list. Your photograph has very nice detail and coloring and the brighter repost does a better job of highlighting them. Nice work.

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