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    Default Female Hooded Merganser Close-Up.

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    This accommodating subject allowed for fun close-ups of this normally skittish species. I was more than happy to create a few nice portraits....

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    What a spiffy hair-do! You made the most of a very near swim-by!

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    Hi Dan, nice capture, I like the strong contrast between subject and the subtle water and smooth bow wave, the high key backdrop really adds to the standout. The detail/form within the head are pretty cool, as the plumage rolls and dips, but I wonder was this slightly lifted, or just the ISO of the 7D2 & sharpening. OK, viewing on the laptop so it could be the screen, but to me it just seems a little coarse, so that might be the a slight clash of Contrast/sharpening.

    Not sure about the drum roll Dan, I think more of a fly by, by the Snowbirds.

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    I like it Dan good angle, I feel the mid tones could a little richer, just a little more pop needed for me.

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    Thanks guys. Artie, that is R6. Yes, I'm behind in processing so finishing up with 7DII files :-)

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    Super portrait of this gal. I've never been able to get so close to this species. I can hear Steve's 'coarse' comment but think the plumage still looks really good. High key and low angle really make this crack.

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    Hi Daniel ... cool portrait .
    I do like the HK effect and the bow wave .
    Nice tones and overall good color rendering , detail is on the " border " of being crunchy ..... here on my screen .

    Cool shot and TFS

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    hi Daniel,

    he took out his eye :) very good. congratulations.

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