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Portrait of a Goldeneye

Portrait of a Goldeneye
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-15
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-300 AF-S VR 4.5-5.6 IF ED
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-16 10:39
Viewed: 1171
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We're starting to have some very nice spring days now in Calgary. I went to the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary yesterday. Two Common Goldeneye ducks were there on one of the small ponds. I like to go there in the early evening, because the reflections on the water are quite interesting. I was close enough to the male duck, and the light was just right, so that I was able to capture the rich emerald green of his head. I posted a shot of a male Goldeneye before, so I didn't want to post another one -- even though the light was better. I settled on a portrait this time, in order to display the colours of his head and the patterns in the water behind him.

In PP, after cropping the duck's head, so that his eye was at the 1/3 point in both directions, I adjusted the contrast and brightness a bit. Then, I did some selective saturation of green, yellow, blue and cyan -- not much, just enough to offset the reduced light for the time of day. I also adjusted vibrance up a bit. Finally, I did a slight amount of noise reduction and sharpening.

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Bonjour John,

Wow! Quel portrait!.
Les couleurs sont superbes et luisantes.
Ensemble harmonieux. beau cliché présenté ici. Bravo. Bon week-end.
Amicalement. Yolande

Very nice capture, well done!

Hi john,
WoW! what a beautiful close-up!!
Excellent POV. and details,
beautiful colors and light.
nice contrast and very well done.
all my compliments

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