- Animal & wildlife
- Date taken:
- nth qld Aust
- 1/800s f/8 ISO 400 250mm
- not 100% happy fudged the processing , see if you can pic it,
all feedback appreciated
Hope you do not mind but I have re-edited for you….obviously with only a small web size image and not the original I am going to struggle but I think if you keep the bird smaller in the frame with more room to its left and possibly a little below you will have a good BIF shot. By changing the saturation on the bg and lightening it slightly has reduced the glow around the bird. I have selectively lightened the u/wing and added a touch of sharpening selectively, obviously on this web size file it will look overdone but i think you can get some idea from it.
Good effort as birds in flight against a bright sky are never easy. As already pointed out the focus is not quite there on the birds head.26 February 2016
I wouldn't have cropped in so tight on this shot which make the focus issues appear worse and agree it needs more space to fly in to. Even using exposure compensation you are most likely to get shadows on at least one of the wings on a bright sunny day.
The dodging on the underside of the wing is quite poorly done I'm afraid, try using a soft brush and at a larger size as you have left snail trails where you have used it. I don't think you have over sharpened and I would give the head and beak only a little bit more, but I do think you have applied sharpening to the whole image including the bg which is what is causing the glow/halo around the bird.
I would make a selection of the birds outline then modify until the selection was a few pixels away from the bg/sky before applying unshark mask, then I would deselect and resell the just he head and eye and give this another run of sharpening.
I think it would be well worth trying again with this
http://digital-photography-school.com/tips-for-photographing-birds-in-flight/.....I'm sure you've read stuff, but this article is pretty good. It's amazing you can capture these guys. To my eye he looks out of focus. Perhaps your shutter speed played into that. I think the crop looks good. He's go space to fly into. It looks like he was about to turn when this was taken and shadowed that wing. Have you ever used your exposure compensation button?..it's in the article. Are you using Lightroom to PP?Helpful 1 24 February 2016