Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

February 1, 2010

Eurasian Wigeon

Filed under: Birds, digital benefits, technique — richditch @ 9:45 am
Eurasian Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon

I’ve been working on and off to update some of the images on my web site, and this shot from December 11, 2004, is one of the reworked images. This Eurasian Wigeon was on one of the many artificial ponds in the so-called Greenbelt in Scottsdale, AZ. Eurasian Wigeon shows up most winters in one or more places in Arizona, mixed in with flocks of the abundant American Wigeon.

I’d had my first digital camera, a Nikon D70, only 18 days at this point and was just getting a feel for it and digital in general. I had made the decision to shoot in raw mode from the very start, so there was a lot to learn about image processing as well. But at least I’d been using Photoshop Elements already for the slide scans I’d been doing at the time.

I was happy with my results, and with this rarity. And I’ve lived with the image I processed at that time for five years without thinking about it.

But I’ve learned a lot about post processing in that period, and I’ve moved beyond PS Elements to Photoshop CS3. Since I was smart enough to shoot in raw, and smart enough to save the original raw files (on an external hard drive plus a couple copies on CDs), I was able to start from scratch and see how I would interpret the image now.

OK – here’s the version I processed in 2004 with Elements to see the difference.

Eurasian Wigeon - old version

Eurasian Wigeon - old version

My advice: shoot in raw if you don’t already. Save all your originals, and back them up. Periodically review old favorites and see if its time for a tune-up with better software and improved post processing skills. It would be a shame to skip these advantages of shooting digital.

Nikon D70, 300/2.8 plus TC20E, ISO 320, 1/250th at f/11, fill flash from SB-800.



  1. lovely photo of a lovely bird,

    Comment by Crafty Green poet — February 1, 2010 @ 11:41 am

  2. Thats a beautiful shot! One of these days I’ll see one.

    Comment by Brendon — February 10, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

  3. Tell me when you want to go and I’ll take you to one.

    Comment by richditch — February 10, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

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