On our visit to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland, I was looking for some different photo subjects than the usual ones we see. I did find some Mergansers in different areas along the Wildlife Drive. The Featured Image is a Hooded Merganser. It was swimming in a small water channel under a bunch of trees so I hardly could make it out in the shadows. It was just one black blob moving in the water so I adjusted my exposure in the camera to +1 stop hoping that would be enough to get some detail. Then when working on the image in Adobe Camera Raw, adjust the shadows in the Raw file to bring out more detail in the shadows and reduce the noise in the image. So it seemed to work out ok. This was taken with a Canon R with a 150-600mm lens @ 600mm. Then near the end of the Wildlife Drive I found a pair (male & female) of Common Mergansers swimming in the channel.
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Thanks so much Sudarshan! it is fun to see what you can find to photograph at Blackwater NWR
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Thanks Belinda! It is a Great place to visit & photograph!
Love that Hoodie shot, Reed!!
Thanks Donna! I almost did not see the Hoodie in the dark shadows under the trees! Then I thought I saw something moving. It did not want to autofocus in the dark area so I had to use manual focus.I was surprised I got the image.
Nice post-processing-the details on this delightful fellow are wonderful, Reed
Thanks! I was surprised I got as much detail as I did because it was in the dark shadows! At first I did not even see the merganser, just water ripples!