In praise of modern processing

The Owl was far too far for a decent (handheld) shot. This was the result @ 600 mm

And this the useless crop.

And this using ACR Super Resolution and Topaz Sharpen AI:

Still maybe slightly gritty, but usable.

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Pretty amazing Jaapv. Definitely usable in the final version.

It is still a bit on the small side for an A3 print if I planned printing, but Gigapixel AI would resolve that. The main problem of these AI programs is that they need a great deal of computing power; I had an older MacPro quad with 32 GB RAM and it took at least a couple of minutes to run Topaz Sharpen AI. I switched to a Mac Mini M1 Silicon 16 GB it processes well within 30 seconds.