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Shot at Washington Wildfowl and Wetlands Park in North East England
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The legs are just a tad overexposed though but I do like the almost synchronised pose of the two ducks.
*laugh* Great pose! Nice and sharp, too, and the composition makes perfect sense -- you've filled the frame with the subject.
As Sam says, it is a little over-exposed. It's not far over, though, so you can probably do a good job correcting it with a curves adjustment. That might look intimidating if you've not used it before, but it's actually quite easy. The tool shows you a graph, which starts out as a diagonal line. The left-hand end represents the darkest tones and the right-hand end, the lightest; you can click and drag the line to lighten (move it upwards) or darken (move it down). So, here, you need to drag down a bit on the right to darken the brightest parts of the image. You'll probably need to drag the middle of the line back to about where it was or the image as a whole might get too dark.
To avoid over-exposure, watch the histogram and the highlight alert while you shoot. Like the curves tool, the histograph has dark tones on the left and bright ones on the right. The difference is that the line in the curves tool represents the total range of possible tones, whereas the shape of the histogram shows what tones actually appear in the photo. This scene contains blacks and whites so the histogram should reflect that by coming close to both sides of the scale. However, if it bunches up at either side, you've over-exposed (right side) or under-exposed (left). Here, the histogram is piled up a bit at the right, so you need negative exposure compensation to move it back to the left. That might mean it bunches up at the left, instead, but it's usually better more natural to lose detail in the shadows than in the highlights. You actually had +1/3 stop exposure compensation set here -- maybe from a previous shot?
One other little thing you could do is to lighten the eyes. Zoom right in and select them, either free-hand or with the magic wand (just the eyeballs; not the surrounding white skin). Feather the selection by a couple of pixels and make another curves adjustment, lightening the dark tones (drag up on the left). Don't go too far but lightening them a noticeable amount will often add life.
Another nice shot for your pf, well done.
I have done a mod where I have altered the exposure on the legs and feet and, to be fair, I have overdone it on the ground. A simple way of doing this in photoshop is to click on exposure adjustments and concentrate on getting the the area's right which are over/under exposed then using a layer mask you can selectively remove any adjustments made that were not needed. This simple process can be repeated as many times as you wish working on different area's. What can be recovered will depend partly on how much and how far over exposed the image is.
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