Waiting on the sun

Hi, it has been a month so since my last post. I have replaced my 9-year-old iMac with a brand new 21” iMac running macOS Catalina. This of course required new photo editor, Lightroom 6.4 will not run on Catalina and it took a couple of tries to find a replacement. I moved to DxO PhotoLab 3.

What artistic feedback would you like if any?


Pertinent technical details or techniques:

This Osprey was shot on 4/26/2020 with my Canon 7DII, and the Sig. 150-600mm lens at 600mm F8, 1/1600, ISO 640 and cropped by 20%. I adjusted the (exposure.4, contrast +9, microcontrast +8, clear view +5, midtones +7 and sharpness +18) with a local adjustment brush.

What technical feedback would you like if any?

(If backgrounds have been removed, etc. please be honest with your techniques to help others learn)

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Excellent detail in the Osprey, Peter, and I love the light on the bird. I’m not wild about the tangle of out of focus twigs, but they aren’t a deal breaker. I do think I’d crop a bit further to eliminate the two large stubs sticking into the frame on the upper right.

Very nice pose and detail. I like the perch, but agree with trying to remove the twigs. I could also see a 4x5 crop taking some off the left and right.

Excellent light and detail. I agree about the twigs especially the thicker ones on the very right border. A nice image.

Thank you for the comments. I went back into photolab and tries to clean up the twigs. I also re-cropped the shot to a 5/4.

Very nice. I think this is the best image quality I’ve seen from one of your shots so far! Light is very pretty. I like the perch, and the re-post with fewer branches is nice. Techs looks good. Processing-wise, I’d suggest resizing the image to something like 1400-1600 pixels on the long side, sharpening just the bird, and adding a little contrast to the bird. Something like the below: