Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good.
This photo is a testimonial to that. I was trying to take a photo of these two ducks who were in a heavily wooded area. No matter what I did, I could not get a clear shot of them. When I moved a few branches, it startled the ducks and off they flew. But to my amazement, I turned and saw the two ducks landing on a stump that was about 80 feet from me. I had a completely unobstructed view of them and a great background to boot! I did not move my tripod, I merely turned my camera around and started firing. I felt like Moose Peterson--I was firing away at like 1,000 frames per second!
I really like the earth tones in this scene and how the ducks are clearly separated from the background. The background was far enough away so that even at f/9.5 (which made sure the ducks would be totally in focus), I got a very nice out-of-focus background.
Camera settings: Nikon D700, 300mm f/4 with 1.7x Nikon Teleconverter and polarizing filter attached, shot at ISO 200, f/9.5 and 1/90th of a second on a tripod.
Lightroom—Set white and black points, added mid-tone contrast. Increased color saturation and hue for yellow and green.
Photoshop—used nik Color Efex Pro tonal contrast filter to add contrast to highlights, mid-tones and shallows, and added a boarder to the image and added boarder using a stroke and various layer style options.