Proof of ‘less is more’ (less mm I mean) - the wide set-up emphasises the delicate features and size of the bird. At first, I wanted to write that it would have been nice should the bird have looked a bit more towards the camera, but the way the image is strengthens the idea of being an onlooker, witnessing a beautiful scene. The OOF branch could be removed, but would requires some work (I am not an expert at that). All in all a wonderful shot ! Cheers, Hans
Diane, thank you. I have never used that before and had to go to you tube to figure it out. I tried it and was able to darken the background a bit then lighten the bird.
Not sure it improved anything but, it was my first try and I will try again. Feel free to play with this shot and show me how it really works if you like.
Thanks, Charlie – glad you liked the idea. I used a soft-edged brush to add a quick mask, letting it taper off before the edges of the bird for a 3D effect. Go out of QM mode and do a curve to lighten.