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    As far as I know, this is a female Greater Scaup (I could be wrong though because I'm terrible at ID'ing waterbird species ). While I was photographing the Grebe from my previous post, I noticed this small duck swimming towards me out of the corner of my eye. I only had a couple of seconds to rack focus to MFD and shoot a couple of frames without changing my settings before it too disappeared underwater (I wish I was able to stop down). Very minimal NR was applied in PS (almost negligible). This version is heavily compressed to fit within the site's upload regulation.

    Camera - Nikon D850
    Focal Length - 700mm
    Aperture - f/8
    Shutter Speed - 1/400s
    ISO - 900
    Handheld
    Manual, Auto ISO
    Crop - 75% of full-frame

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    Lovely detail you captured here Aditya...especially on the bill, it looks like marble. Love the eye. I would leave some more on the bottom, if you have it, and take a little from the top. I think that would enhance the POV. A faster SS would have totally nailed this, but very nice as is.

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    Hi Adi, nicely detailed image. I really like the sheeting water you have captured and the complimentary colors of the background. Amazed at your shutter speed, I guess you wanted to keep the ISO reasonable. Thank you for sharing.
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    Nice head angle and I love the sheen over the bill. A shame you couldn't get right down to eye level but thats the case sometimes. Yo got a good result here, but I think you'll get more keepers with a faster shutter speed in the future

    Mike

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    Thanks all for the comments. Regarding the shutter speed, prior to shooting this image, I was photographing a Great Crested Grebe that was in a much darker area of the pond. When I saw this duck approach me, I shot a couple of frames without changing any of the settings (I was on auto-ISO). The RAW file is very sharp with no motion blur - the LR screenshot uploaded here is highly compressed to fit within the 600 KB file limit. In hindsight though, I agree that a faster shutter speed and a smaller aperture would've probably been ideal in this situation.

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    The IQ is great and I agree with Mike about the perfect HA and the sheen.
    The image is tack sharp so I have no issue with your shutter speed.F8 was fine.
    I think the image needs a little bit of CCW rotation but that could be due to optical illusion.
    Nice pic of this female scaup.
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    Looks sharp to me. Details look very nice. The light is what it is.

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