Wood duck

A few days earlier I had taken a head shot of a female wood duck and was looking for a similar head shot of a male. When I saw this male wood duck in the half light, I knew that my project would have to be put on hold. The light illuminated his body beautifully but his head was far too dark and the background too bright. I made some adjustments in Photoshop using Levels for contrast and Luminance Masks to darken the background and brighten the bird.

23 thoughts on “MORNING SHADE

  1. Personally, I think you did a beautiful job of processing this lovely photo. Despite the fact that his brilliant colors are not in evidence, these muted soft colors are truly luminescent.


  2. It showed its true colours, lovely feathers.


  3. He is gorgeous! Nice job both taking and making a picture! 🙂


  4. Light shines beautifully on this duck and glorifies him! However, I’ve always wondered about how you can identify a male or a female in birds where it might be slightly less obvious! Or is it obvious in this case? Maybe you can tell me how, since you seem to know birds and animals way better than I. Thank you so much for your help! 🙂


  5. This is such a beautiful and detailed shot Belinda, and you have balanced the light perfectly. His colours are rather handsome.


  6. I LOVE this photo. Those wings are so …glowing and the shade of blue is so pretty. Beautiful duck.


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