Getting Your Ducks in a Row

Ducks in a row

ISO 800 135mm f8 1/200 Edited in Lightroom and Color Efex

This particular image was easier to capture than it was to edit. Last week I shared the picture of Mother Duck, and I said I would return with a longer lens. Of course there was a little bit of waiting, as I one position. It worked a charm the ducks and ducklings came to the water and gracefully started swimming.

The problem for this shot came in editing. The hen was nicely exposed but there was a streak of darker tones in the water caused by the shadow of a tree and the rest of the water was just highlights. This was a job beyond Lightroom, I used Color Efex and dynamic contrast to bring in the highlight tones in the water while not overly darkening the shadow areas. I also used detail enhancer to help bring out details in these same areas as well before apply a curves adjustment. In Lightroom I sharpened and adjusted the saturation.

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