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two colourful drakes on listerpark lake.

By krebsbaum    
i was wandering around the ake looking for possible shots, when i sawthese two mallard swimming across a colourful reflection its a straight shot, i just upped the saturation a little.

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dudler Plus
16 945 1520 England
5 Jun 2019 3:23PM
There's a lot ot like about this, but somehow it doesn't quite satisfy me. Why?

Sharpness - a wide aperture means that only one duck is sharp.

Composition - it's not very structured, and I think cropping in one one duck and reflection might be the answer - providing you can get the sharpness up where it needs to be. The ripples make this rather confused and confusing.

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5 Jun 2019 6:17PM
I'm with John here. It is rather confused, it isn't sharp, and there's virtually no detail in the plumage... It looks to me rather like very aggressive noise reduction.
If this is an in-camera jpeg, I'm wondering what your quality and NR settings are, because the quality is very poor... ISO 400 on a D610 should produce a vastly better result than this.

5 Jun 2019 7:38PM
its really a very small portion of the negative its overenlarged i took it because of the brillient colours.
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2019 8:49PM
I can appreciate why you are attracted to this image, Donald, but you have compromised on quality by cropping so much.

It would be interesting to see your original. With more context, it might work better. That reflection is strong but difficult to appreciate because we don't see its source and it has no recognisable form.

There is, of course, no reason why the water reflections can't be considered as abstract, with the movement of the ducks breaking up the reflection, with their own reflections becoming broken and distorted as well. In this respect, I like it a lot, but it ends up very fussy overall.

Then we have the problem of the left-hand duck being more in focus than the right-hand one. If this is a big crop, then cropping to concentrate on the focused duck would result in a further loss of detail. So, I would return to your original, include more water around the ducks, and see how that looks.

5 Jun 2019 10:12PM
thanks for your comment pamela
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2019 12:53PM
Yes, unfortunately the quality is not good. You must self analyse to some extent. The lack of sharpness is quite obvious and you should not need to be told that - using a smaller aperture will help with the depth of field, but huge blow up swill only reduce quality and emphasise any issues.

7 Jun 2019 4:29PM
thanks for your comments

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