To goldyrs: PP workPeterZ::2014-03-16 2:04
Hi Goldy,
Indeed, this photo needed more PP work than normal for me.
In photoshop CS4:
First it was cropped to about 60% of the original.
Cut to 800 x 531.
Selected the bird and most prominent branches (see photo) and sharpened 200%.
Then turned the selection and blurred the background 4 pixels.
Improved all the edges of the bird and branches with the clone stamp. (a lot of work)
Get to shadows and highlights and improved both a few percent.
Removed a bit of blue out of the blacks in color balance.
Automatic contrast.
A bit extra saturation.
Turned the photo horizontally.

And there is the result.
Not totally satisfied.
Brazil
Title: Black-fronted NunbirdNikon D90
Black-fronted Nunbird (38)
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To goldyrs: PP work PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)::2014-03-16 02:04