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Hi again DJ.
There's actually a pretty good shot in here attempting to get out!
With a little work, the image of the bird isn't at all bad but I think that it's let down by the composition and the inclusion of the two branches.
This would fare better as a portrait so I've uploaded a mod. in which I've cropped it to 8"x!0 format, adjusted the exposure using "levels" (I just brought the sliders inwards until the met the ends of the histogram) then I added a touch more contrast using "curves".
I made a slight adjustment to the bird's plumage using the "shadows/highlights" tool and then replaced the sky with one from my collection.
Finally, I sharpened it using the USM and the method promoted so successfully by Willie.
Hope this helps.
All I can say is wow!.The sky is better represented as it nearly was.I knew there was something there and you brought it out and it still looks fairly natural.My personal aim is to take good photos as near as dammit to the real thing with minimum editing (In theory at least).
Quote: My personal aim is to take good photos as near as dammit to the real thing with minimum editing
That's probably the goal that most of us would aspire and whenever possible, that's the approach I use.
I'm not a great fan of manipulation, although and although I'm certainly not above using it, I do prefer to use as little as possible.
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