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The Story Behind the Photo: Wood Ducks in a Tree

The Photo Story

Not sure why but I normally don’t think about ducks being up in a tree.  I found these two wood ducks about ½ mile deep in the woods and about 50 feet up in a tree.

Wood Ducks in a Tree

Wood ducks do nest in the holes of trees but this was a ½ mile from the marsh at Sandy Ridge reservation in Ohio.  Anyone familiar with this duck behavior?


Camera:  Canon 5d Mark iii
Lens: Canon 500mm f/4 with 1.4x teleconverter
Focal Length:  700mm
ISO:  500
Aperture:   f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/1250 second
Exposure Compensation: +2/3
Lighting:  Dark and Shady

Post Processing

  • Cropped the photograph in Lightroom 5.
  • Used Google Viveza 2 to selectively lighten and darken portions the photo. 
  • Processed the photo using the Simple Pop Filter in Topaz Adjust 5
  • Lightened the wood ducks and darkened the background using the Darken/Lighten Center Filter in Color Efex Pro 4.
  • Used Topaz DeNoise and a Layer Mask in Photoshop CC to selectively remove the noise from the photo.
  • Selectively sharpened the image using the Unsharp filter and a Layer Mask in Photoshop CC

Written by Martin Belan

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