Quiet day in the marsh

It was overcast and there wasn’t much happening in this corner of the marsh the day I captured this image. Most of the ducks were snoozing, and this mallard drake was resting in the cattails by himself. His iridescent green head really stood out among all the shades of brown in his immediate surroundings so I decided to add yet another mallard portrait to my collection.

mallard drake in the bullrushes

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10 thoughts on “Quiet day in the marsh

  1. Your photography is beautiful! I love the rich hues that you are able to capture. If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of settings are you using to get that “golden glow” in your photos?

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    • Thank you so much! I’m glad you like them. 🙂 I don’t mind you asking at all but I don’t know if I can help you much. I shoot manual in RAW format. That of course means that my images need basic post-processing at least, and in fact I tend to do more than that, often including artistic processing. I watch for image prospects with natural light that I can enhance in post-processing, where I tweak the contrast in various ways which can intensify the colors. I use Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, and the NIK plugins, plus a couple from Topaz and onOne. I may also selectively use filters and overlays to subtly enhance the color, as well as selectively desaturating and dodging/burning to further pop the colors of the main subject. Every image gets its own treatment, I allow the image to guide me so I don’t have a one size fits all recipe. With this mallard I didn’t do as much with him as I usually do. I think I did open up the shadows on his head, but my focus was on toning down his surroundings to allow his coloring to take centre stage. I’d like to tell you that it’s as simple as pushing a button for instant results, but it’s not quite that cut and dried. Still, it’s not difficult once you know the software and have learned the various tricks. Then it just boils down to juggling the effects, and artistic expression and style. 🙂

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