On our last trip to Jenney Pond in Plymouth, Massachusetts, I photographed a Drake Bufflehead in some decent light that allowed its further colors to be displayed.
I photographed the Bufflehead with my Nikon D500 and my Nikon 200-500 mm f/5.6, at 440 mm, 1/2000, f/8, ISO 2500, and handheld.
I crop the image, and if you look at the original, you will see noise. To get the finished picture, I started in LightRoom Classic and adjusted the basic panel. Then exported the image to Photoshop.
In Photoshop, my first step was to run Topaz DeNoise AI and Sharpen AI.
I then utilized Tin Man Lee’s Dynamic Tension workflow and finished the processing using the techniques from Alan Murphy’s video series “Photoshop Trickery for Bird Photographers” on blurring the background. The reason for that is I was on the shore, and there was no way for me to get low get the bird at eye level. But, Alan’s trick on blurring the background with a graduated filter gives the illusion that you photographed the bird at its high level.