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simon182 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
This guy was ruffling his feathers to make this shot a little more dynamic. Light was fairly low but VR lens did a great job. Adjusted levels in PP and cropped.

Corvus monedula
The jackdaw is the smallest bird in the crow family. It is black with a grey nape, pale eyes and a short, stubby bill. You tend to see several together as they are gregarious birds. They are widespread and common throughout most of the UK, except north-west Scotland. Their loud, staccato call is easy to recognise; it is a high-pitched ‘kya’ and distinctive, slightly squeaky ‘jack’. They are often aerobatic, soaring and gliding, then performing steep dives. Jackdaws naturally nest on cliffs and crags, but in towns will happily nest on buildings and chimneys. They will also use large open-fronted nestboxes. Females lay four to six eggs between April and May. They have only one brood each year. Jackdaws are reputedly very intelligent and are frequently mentioned in folklore.

From www.rspb.org.uk/gardens/guide/atoz/j/jackdaw.asp

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simon182 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
Composition and edit
Edited by:simon182 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)

Followed Paul's advice and did the same processes he did this time with the original. Hope you can see the improvement.
Thanks for the workshop, I've learnt a few valuable lessons!

Regards
Simon

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simon182 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
Composition & Image Tweek
Edited by:pauljk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 204 W: 64 N: 65] (226)

Hi Simon,
Main change here is the crop. I've paced the bird to the left of the frame, giving a bit more space to the right...allows the image to "breathe"a little. Limited by pixels here...your original may well be able to be better cropped.

PP work.

ISSUE 1 - Improve feather detail. Set black and white points for image using a levels adjustment layer.
- Applied shadow/hight tool to shadows at 20% the pull detail from the plumage in shaod on the birds chest.
- then improved eye definition - slected eye using lasso tool and feathered by 3 pixels. Created a cuvers adjustment layer. Didn't touch the curve settings but did changethe blend mode of the layer to "Screen" this gave good eye edge definition.
ISSUE Sharpness - Ran PKSharpner Pro for 800pixel wide image with Medium sharpening.
- flattened image
- converted to sRGB space and the upload to web.
Hope this of use...if so can you please mark as useful..trying to get my gold WS status :o)
Cheers
Paul