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So I had slowed my shutter speed to 1/1000 to photograph some ducks in a pond perhaps 2500 sq feet in size thinking maybe it’s a good in between speed should the subject decide to flap or fly. I was in pretty tight which helped. Well, sure enough that movement came. I’m open to suggestions on how I can improve the image In Lightroom and also how you might’ve approached a pond of this nature. Thanks in advance.


Ben C

Its really nice composition and pose from the duck, but unfortunately it is not sharp as your shutter speed was too slow. If you want to be ready for flapping or flying you probably need 1/2000 or 1/2500 to get the wings sharp. That's only 1 or 1-1/3 stop less exposure than at 1/1000 sec anyway, so unless you are already extremely underexposed you should be able to brighten it back up in post without to much of a noise penalty. Also, this example is a great advertisement for Topaz software. I'd be willing to bed that Sharpen AI could do wonders here to render this image acceptably sharp. And if you're worried about using a faster shutter speed to begin with because of high ISO and resulting noise, Topaz DeNoise should be your best friend.


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I recommend straightening the horizon. The left side of the image is tilted up a bit and is a little distracting. Otherwise it's a pretty cool shot :)