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Colourful Duck
Posted By: Shanek54, 02-22-2009, 10:24 AM

Hi,
A very colourful duck I shot today. Shot with the tamron lense, f5.6 at 1/90 iso 200.
Anything I could have done to give the shot more impact?

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02-22-2009, 11:10 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum Shane! Very beautiful species! About your question: I am sure you can boost the colours even further, to show all the glory of that duck!

There is many ways to boost colours, here only saturation is enhanced a bit:
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Welcome to the forum Shane! Very beautiful species! About your question: I am sure you can boost the colours even further, to show all the glory of that duck!

There is many ways to boost colours, here only saturation is enhanced a bit:
Hi,
Thanks for your reply and the welcome. This was straight out of the camera into Aperture and then exported as jpeg for forum post. I am not that good at post-processing (yet!) so tend to not know if things are better natural, or enhanced.
Looking at your work, you have made the duck jump out of the pic.
I am definitely going to try this.

Thanks again,
Shane.
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Welcome and what PP work do you think this great images needs? Well done. JIM

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Welcome and what PP work do you think this great images needs? Well done. JIM
Hi Jimbo,
Thanks for your time.
When I look at my (unprocessed) pic and then Georgs' processed one, I think his saturation levels make the duck just that more vibrant and jumping out of the image. That's probably all I would try. (maybe a conservative crop on the lhs and bottom...)

Thanks again,
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wow, the colour is stunning.

It has been a while not seeing the mallard duck. This one looks gorgeous !
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Wow....ducks in Australia certainly dont have those sort of colours. Nearly doesnt look real. Nice shot!
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Wow....ducks in Australia certainly dont have those sort of colours. Nearly doesnt look real. Nice shot!
Hi,
Apparently he is a Mandarin duck, hailing from somewhere north of you, and introduced over here some time ago.
I was stunned when I saw him, as I had never seen one before. I took about 12 shots of him, two of which were sharp, (long lense, full zoom, bags of inexperience ) and the rest were not much good. This was the best one, but I still felt it lacked something, and looking at Georgs' effort, some enhanced saturation seems to be a plus.

Thanks for looking,

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QuoteOriginally posted by Shanek54 Quote
Hi,
Thanks for your reply and the welcome. This was straight out of the camera into Aperture and then exported as jpeg for forum post. I am not that good at post-processing (yet!) so tend to not know if things are better natural, or enhanced.
Looking at your work, you have made the duck jump out of the pic.
I am definitely going to try this.

Thanks again,
Shane.
About the natural, I am actually a friend of the natural, but find often that camera does not do quite justice to the reality and therefore want to add vibrant often. Here the thruth may lie between your original and my may a little exaggerated example, but you are the only one who can decide Main think is to allow your self experimenting freely!
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Great duck. You might look at a polarising filter for taking photos of objects on water it may and I stress may take a bit of the glare out of the background and allow the duck to stand out a bit more. Try it out. I would be interested to see the effect.
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Nice photo of an amazing duck - never seen one of these before and he's just gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing with us.
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Very nice shot of the Mandarin Duck
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I bet this duck will get his mate easily this season =) Great shot! I prefer somewhere in between the original and the PPed one myself.
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What fantastic colours it has. It looks like a toy! Nice capture, and welcome to the forums, Shane
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Thanks

Hi Folks,
Thanks to all for taking the time to look at this, and for your comments and suggestions.

Regards,
Shane.
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