Back in March, I posted a photo of the Painted Mallard; this photo would be its fetching bride. I was kind of sad this photo has been in the reserves for so long. I really love the detail I was able to get in this shot. My favorite part is the water drops on the ducks head. The other thing that is nice is the sheen of the water. In the older post, the water was rippling from the movement of the mallard, but this time it is still. You can almost make out the detail in the reflection of the duck. Even though the female is not as colorful as its boastful male companion, it still holds a lot of detail in the layered pattern of feathers.
I know I’ve posted a lot of ducks in on this blog, but this is an area littered with them. You will see a lot of trucks with “Ducks Unlimited” logos. It is a part of the area, so it should be part of this blog.
The editing process for this picture was very easy. The main change was a drop in noise reduction because it was shot at ISO 1600. Other than that, a slight touch in color, but really the picture actually spoke for itself this time. I can only image the level of clarity this image would hold if shot with a nice 70-200 L series lens. A look to the future, maybe.