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By catherinekp79  
Taken outside our lodge while on holiday in surrey.

Tags: General Wildlife and nature

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NEWMANP 13 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2010 7:04PM
its well framed and sharp etc but to be honest if you want to lift it from a family snap to a serious shot, you need to be looking for a composition with a more attractive background. partially this is because you are looking down. a suggestion would be to try getting down to ground level with him or wait until he his sat on a rock by the side of the water to get some background interest or put him in context and make im a duck in his surroundings or a duck doing something special

hope this helps
13 Jun 2010 7:39PM
Thanks. I fully understand what you mean. Unfortunately there were no water and no rocks just lodges and cars in the area plus whenever I have an opportunity to take photos I have two rather loud and over excited boys right by my side which doesn't help at all! lol The majority of my pics are just snaps as I really don't have the time or right surroundings in which to take anything half decent. I fully take on board what you have said and I thank you for your comments.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2010 8:54PM
A good close shot of the mallard drake, Cath, and at this angle the image shows off his attractive plumage. I would certainly consider this to be a "half decent" shot, but I feel you are interested in discovering where there is room for improvement, hence your submitting to the CG.
The sharpness fades on the top of his head and front of his neck, but since the eye, beak and back are in focus, it doesn't distract too much. I feel you have him a bit tight in the frame and, as a general rule, it's a good idea to leave space in front of your subject, space for it to move into, just a little more than you have here. The tail feathers are quite close to the frame edge, too. Getting down to eye level with your subject is ideal, as long as you don't frighten him off. In my modification, I added canvas to three sides and cloned in some grass. I also cloned out a few twigs within the grass just to clean it up, then adjusted levels, used the burn tool on the tail feathers and selectively and gently sharpened the eye and beak.
andymark 11 1 England
13 Jun 2010 9:23PM
not good with pen and paper so all i can say is it look great to me but laying down would work well
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2010 11:17PM
Reasonable shot, but more could have been made of it. A bit conventional. Interesting bird, female head markings, male wing markings but no male curly tail - must be mixed sex!

14 Jun 2010 9:15AM
Donít know if you intended the close crop but I just moved him/her over a bit by increasing the canvas size and a touch of cloning.
jjmorgan36 12 1 Wales
15 Jun 2010 12:22PM
Hi Catherine,

After reading the posts and looking at the picture I cannot really add anything of worth in regards to improving the picture but I would like to say....

If you look at the modifications compared to your original picture you will notice that 'very little' has been done to improve it. All the changes may sound complicated but with good photo editting software and a little practice it becomes easier. The small amount of work that has been added to improve the shot shows how close it was to being an even better shot than it already is.

Keep taking photos and experimenting and take on board everything that has been said above.

Well done

15 Jun 2010 10:03PM
Thank you all for your comments and mods. When I understand more about adding canvas and cloning I will certainly put these into practice. Hopefully sometime soon I will have better software to enable me to do this. I will of course keep practising and trying to improve myself. Smile

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