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A little Sanderling dashing about on the edge of the marshes between Walberswick and Dunwich, Suffolk.
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These are modifications uploaded by other members of the photo above. Download the photo by right clicking Download Photo and clicking Save As.
I think this needs a slight crop, some added contrast and sharpening along with cloning out some of the more intrusive rocks around the bird. I also softened the water so the bird looked sharper.
IMO, a larger aperture ( f5.6 is the smallest I'd use. If possible f2.8-f4 would be better ) would help to isolate the bird by throwing the f/g and b/g out of focus and a lower point of view so you were more on the bird's level. Probably difficult to do, but worth a try.
The lighting is very good.
Thank you very much indeed Alan - I love the mod which is significantly better and just goes to show what can be done. I would love to know how you manage to sharpen it so much. I used the sharpen filter on the bird before posting mine but I haven't got anything like the effect that you have. Anyway thanks for taking the time and trouble it is much appreciated.
Use your preferred method of sharpening two to three times on the image so it's over sharpened ( at the output size for the web ). Now use the opacity slider on the layers panels to reduce the effect of the sharpening so you get to the point where you can't see any edge halos caused by the sharpening. If you set the blend mode on the layers panel to Luminosity, only the tonal information will be sharpened and not the colour information. This will improve the look of the sharpening. It may be imperceptible at web size but it will be an improvement.
I generally use the smart sharpen option as it sharpens edges rather than flat areas of tone. You can use a mask to paint out everything you don't want sharp so the b/g can remain soft and blurred. The High Pass filter is another good way of sharpening.
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