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    I captured this image last year at Circle B Bar Reserve in Polk County, Florida. The legs and lower body of the duck were covered by the tall grass so I opted for a portrait. Comments and critique welcomed and appreciated. Thank you for viewing,

    Nikon D500
    Nikon 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6 VRII AF-S ED, image captured at 400mm
    1/2000 F/8 Matrix Metering EV +1/3 ISO 1250 Auto 1 WB, camera supported by a monopod
    Post processed in Lightroom Classic, Photoshop CC 2019 and Neat Image for noise reduction
    Cropped from horizontal to vertical for composition and presentation
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    I love the colours and sharpness. Good comp. The BG is prominent, but not in a bad sense. The blade of grass touching the bill tip, though, is unfortunate IMO.

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    Exposure, color, and sharpness are excellent, but there isn't enough separation from the vegetation behind the subject for me. I think f/8 hurt more than helped here. f/5.6 would have helped smooth things out a bit.

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    Nice and sharp, I would clean up and smooth out the BG more if it were mine.
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