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This little bird didn't often present itself to us face on and rarely sat still. I think the DOF is not right though.
Clix. You have lovely separation from the background. The eye is really "alive". Looking at the branch you have very shallow DOF. Using a smaller aperture( higher number) will increase the DOF. But! the payoff is a slower shutter speed.
The image is really nicely composed, but not sharp enough. think this is DOF (as said above), i think the background is probably far enough back to give you another stop or two and get the whole subject sharp.
The colours, subject and composition are really good
DoF would be OK if the focus was on the eye and not half way down the birds back, composition is not bad, but could do with a bit more space in front of the bird, giving it room to look into.
Consider the following changes, I use Adobe CS 2. Try these things and you will put in the DOF and increase the shots effectiveness.
1. Decrease shadows by 3%
2. Select the BG only, run a surface blur, 10 pixels deep and a threshold of 10.
3. Increase contrast +10
4. Sharpen 3 pixels deep at 50%.
5. Use the eliptical, circle the eye, reduce shadows 50%. Will bring out more of the catchlight in the eye.
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