Hooded Merganser – Female

Nikon D300, 500mm PF, 1/500, f9. iso640

Another attempt on shooting lower angle shot of Hooded Merganser. The harsh late morning sun was casting few hot spot areas. That makes the photo looks dull and was not able to bring out the calm and peaceful feeling. I should have come early in the morning to avoid such harsh reflection.

What was your thought on this?


  1. I like the lighting across his back and into the feathers on the back of his head. I wonder, have you considered lowering your f-stop? I’m not a good judge of distances… but it appears that you are far enough away from the bird that you could do f/6.3 or even f/5.6. Lowering the f-stop would blur the foreground and background more completely, reducing the noisy water details, and it appears that you have more than enough light to do that… by lowering the overall exposure, you might see that the detail of your bird stands out more from the rest of the photo.

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