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    Default Shellduck (Tadorna tadorna)

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    Something a little different

    Olympus E-M1X
    Focal Length : 300.0mm
    Focal length in 35 mm film : 601.0mm
    Exposure mode : Manual exposure
    ISO : 800
    Exposure compensation : -2.0 EV
    Exposure program : Aperture priority
    Shutter : 1/12800 sec
    Aperture : F5.6

    ACR/PSCC

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    Hi Jon ... indeed very different . Always fun explore ... but I am surprised that YOU going that route !! As you normally shout out loud for a natural representation of the capture .
    What is your thinking behind it ??? Just asking curious .

    If opened in PS it does look even more different !!!!
    Details and sharpness does look very good in the whites .

    TFS Andreas

    But overall it does not work for me , sorry Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andreas Liedmann View Post
    Hi Jon ... indeed very different . Always fun explore ... but I am surprised that YOU going that route !! As you normally shout out loud for a natural representation of the capture .
    What is your thinking behind it ??? Just asking curious .

    If opened in PS it does look even more different !!!!
    Details and sharpness does look very good in the whites .

    TFS Andreas

    But overall it does not work for me , sorry Jon
    I have reservations too but I just wanted to post something a little different - no need to apologise, my images are made just for amusement. The duck was very brightly lit against a dark background, the sun was still pretty low in the sky, I used the blinkies to determine exposure and in ACR I selected subject and adjusted exposure darks lights etc, I did very little to the background. There is a ghost of another duck top right did you see it? Curious you also see things differently in PS, it would seem there's only three of us who see a difference. I don't know what I can change in my browser, I have tried all sorts but images always look better in PSCC to me.

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    Hi Jon, I'm with Andreas, it's not working for me either, the head being in shade is just a non starter. You can still see the other duck, so I would remove that as it can appear to be some cloning, so in removing it removes any distracting elements. Also I do feel the subject is a bit small in frame, but going for a different crop I think is better, but still not a keeper.

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    Thanks Steve, I didn't think it would prove to be popular.

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    Hi Jon I can see where you are coming from....I have created some images similar with the dark BG...On this occasion I think if the head wasn't so dark it would make a big difference.

    Will

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    Yeah, if the head was peaking out from under this wing this would be great. It's a shame because you really nailed the exposure and detail on the underwing. I appreciate the effort at something different!

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    Jon, I seem to share a similar sentiment. The premise is really there on this one and has tons of potential.

    Losing the upper half of the head to shadows kills it. I like the silhouette in the ULC and love the white plumage.

    Seems to benefit from a good bit of CW rotation from my view. Would love to see one with the head lit if you had it!

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    Thanks everyone, I agree with your comments.

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    Hi Jon, I am a little late to this party. I like the dramatic feel to the image. I wonder if with a little tweaking the birds head could be separated from the background. On a side not, we have a couple Shelducks on a lake in Lakeland, Florida. Nobody know how the came to be, they just seemed to show up one day. Thank you for sharing.
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