I was trying for perched poses in low light and didn’t have the SS or fast AF response activated to get a takeoff. I didn’t get my finger off the shutter button in time when this female Bullock’s Oriole took off and almost deleted this one on the first review pass, but something about it was appealing enough to keep it. Out of 4-5 frames at 20 fps, this was the only one worth a second look.
All comments welcome!
Canon R5, 100-500 + 1.4X at 480mm, 1/500 sec, f/11, ISO 12,800. Very minor tonal tweaks in LR; into PS for Topaz Denoise. Surprisingly, the Severe Noise algorithm gave an uneven result, with noticeable noise left in the shadow on her upper back, but Low Light gave a good result. Cropped from the right and top to 60% of the original frame. Some BG smoothing in the UL.