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Mandarin Ducks

Another experiment with curve tools.

Another experiment with curve tools.
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kiraballerina PRO
kiraballerina June 20, 2015
JAW-DROPPING PHOTOGRAPHY!!!!!!!! WOW :))))))))))))))))))))))))
THOMMAS August 03, 2015
wow ,what colors,you win,thats superb photo,all phases come together ,great photo turned into art,kool
sharlenescarboroughdodds August 05, 2015
Beautiful Little Duck ! Fantastic Capture A WOW Giggle at Your Sweetness Capture
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gondmagdi August 13, 2015
amazing shot ! So colorful, love it !
CMDunbar13 August 26, 2015
Incredible Colors!!!!
rinavance September 08, 2015
What an amazing bird! I have never seen a duck like this! Just beautiful! Great job!
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nandicmb September 14, 2015
Congratulations on your Contest Finalist win in 400 Ducks Photo Contest!
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janland September 14, 2015
Beautiful capture..congrats!
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robertmcdill September 17, 2020
Beautiful closeup of the duck. Focus point seems to be the eye which is always important in a portrait.

Behind The Lens

San Diego Zoo, area is completed shaded by trees. It's not used and is very relaxing there. Just a few ducks mostly locals and wild. Small pond near old hippo area that to is no longer in use. Because few go to this pond the local wildlife love it. It's secluded and quiet.
Afternoon, completely shaded all day very limited light.
Only that the color brilliance was brought out in Photoshop. the original RAW image was very close to this one but in making it a JPG. it lost some of it's brilliance. The flat lighting melded the whites nicely with the background. This was one of my first experiments in working with some of the contrast curve tools found in Elements. Something that I'm new to and learning about.
Sony A65, 600 Tamron Tele. No tripod. Used a tree for support. The Tamron isn't horribly heavy and I use my photography for hiking. Find tripods generally difficult to pack.
Love these Ducks, very beautiful colorful and sweet. The Wood duck has an odd beak, it's pretty too. But these Ducks god made to perfection. I think he or she probably stopped making ducks after he got this one so right. I'd love to own a couple. I love the way they fold there wings like a plane on an aircraft carrier, maybe this is where the original aviation idea came from.
Basic photoshop, just Element's 8. Contrast tools and a little adjustment to color brilliance. Really not that much though. RAW image was gorgeous. Editing is very new to me.
In my camera bag
Sony A65, Tamron 600, Macro, 200 tele., polarizing, yellow filters, star etc..
This is a place that few see in the zoo. Look around and take your time visiting places. Even if it's dark try an image. Maybe you can do something with it later on.

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