Photographer's Note

My contibution to great ducks of the world, this pair of hybrid mallards he has a dark blue head instead of the normal green. seen here on the frozen junction pool at the bottom of Foxton locks (see previous cannal boat pics). I had gone back to improve on some of the pics taken before on a very dull day, this time loads of sun but -6 deg C. (cold for round here)so the water is a little solid and no barges moving, not only that the sign posts seen leaning in going nowhere had been smashed to pieces by somebody clearing the site for a new visitors centre being built here.
back to the ducks, they were stood on the ice sleeping with all their feathers puffed up to keep the cold at bay doesnt say much about the bare feet.the sun was just strong enough to make the surface slick and reflective. they are fast asleep presumably having eaten all the spare sandwiches from a party of school children there to learn about the way cannals worked and the part they played in the industrialisation of the UK before good roads came along.
Adjustments to pic.
Open and check levels, darken it a fraction.
saturation +8
USM 130% X 1.9px rad. X threshold 1
crop to size at 72dpi and use save to web at 197K.
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