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    I captured this image at a rookery in north Tampa. The Muscovy Duck is a vagrant that has developed a sizable feralpopulation in Florida. Comments and critique welcomed and appreciated. Thank you for viewing.

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    Last edited by Joseph Przybyla; 05-17-2022 at 05:39 PM.
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    Well focused and good DOF, I would definitely lift the darker tones there is considerably more detail to be shown.

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    Looks good to me Joe, not too sure how much more you can extract, but...

    Not a fan of the negative space above, I think a 16x9 is better, or have more in the FG. What's the light brown patch behind the subject and the small patch of water under the subject, both look a little out of the norm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Ashton View Post
    Well focused and good DOF, I would definitely lift the darker tones there is considerably more detail to be shown.
    Hi Jon, thank you for viewing and commenting. I will see what I can squeeze out of the darker tones and repost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Kaluski View Post
    Looks good to me Joe, not too sure how much more you can extract, but...

    Not a fan of the negative space above, I think a 16x9 is better, or have more in the FG. What's the light brown patch behind the subject and the small patch of water under the subject, both look a little out of the norm?

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    Hi Steve, thank you for viewing and commenting. This rookery is surrounded by houses, a small pond with a island that the birds feel safe to nest on. The light brown is a reflection of one of the houses. I revisited the images and found this one a frame or two later in the same series. The light brown is less intruding and the 16x9 crops helps eliminate some of it. I also lightened the shadows on the bird a tad. Here is a repost.
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    Jo - love the repost!

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    Joe, I just zoomed out 3 steps (Command -) and so the file was at 100% (5.4inch, 1900px wide), looks really nice.
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    I like the lighter water in the OP...Nice subject..
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    I don't know what happened between the original post and repost, but the IQ took a huge hit; the scaly detail on the bird's left leg completely disappeared and the face looks much softer. Steve is right about the negative space above in the original post.

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    Dorian is correct. I like the framing of the repost but you screwed up something as the face is not longer sharp, plus what Dorian said. Best advice for soup ducks like this: catch these things and put them in the oven for dinner.

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    Thanks all for viewing and commenting. The differences noted in the sharpening/detail is because two different images from a series. My bad that I did not pay much attention when using the second image. As suggested I will change the crop on the sharper image and scrap the second image. Thanks again everyone...
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    Hi Joe .. nice incoming pose .
    Both versions have their shortcomings , noted above by others .

    Good call to work on the OP and you will have a fine image .

    TFS Andreas

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