A Female Wood Duck (Three Photographs)
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This is another set where I tried various options until I got what I wanted. I have shot a lot of wood ducks against this kind of water so it was time to try something new. The original photo is the last in the series, the B&W second and the third a hybrid, where I partially de-saturated the image with a B&W preset then lowered its intensity and then finally brought back the colors in a more muted way. I think this adds a bit of artificiality to the shot, but nonetheless does give the wood duck a dignified look. The ordering of the photos influences an audience I am told, so I my placed the photo I like best, the muted version, first.