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    Slow time of year. Cold enough that all the lakes are frozen over. No ducks. There were a few eagles at the Mississippi lock and dams, but every time I could get there
    it was overcast and the Army Corps of Engineers had the gates open on the inaccessible opposite side of the river. I've resorted to reviewing older images. I took this image
    July 2017. I was surprised it came out as well as it did. I was just setting my tripod down first thing in the morning around a brush pile in the middle of a field. This bird
    landed maybe 12 ft in front me before I could even check exposure settings. I hit the AF and wheeled the shutter speed down(easiest thing to adjust) as far as I could while
    firing off a few frame before the bird bolted. I wasn't very confident about what I going to recover as the image was quite dark on the camera. The iso was set at 400 from the
    previous day. I had to bump the exposure +2 in Adobe Camera Raw. I guess that means it was two stops underexposed? I did apply fairly heavy Topaz DeNoise to the
    background but the bird had a lot less noise than I was expecting. Full frame image. I might have gotten a little carried away with sharpening for posting. Manual mode.

    1/320s, f8, iso400

    D500, 500mmF4VRII, TC-14EIII
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    A beautiful pose from one of my favorite warblers. Background is delicious. Yes, I think your sharpening got a little carried away; might be worth revisiting. Personal preference would be to take a bit off the bottom (preserving the talons), and perhaps stretching the canvas to give a little more room at top and left.

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    i would re-edit this... Way oversharp and does not appear to need it...
    Nice looking bird...
    Dan Kearl

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    Everything that Bill wrote! Before reading his comments I thought the image was oversharpened and agree with his comp suggestions.
    Nice image and worthy of a repost with above issues addressed,
    Gail

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    Yupper. The bird is way over-crunched. I like everything else about the photo but for the light stuff in the URC. Also, do you have a bit more room above the bird?

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    The pose and perch are nice. Background is pretty good. Yes the bird is very crunchy.

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    Reedit. I didn't have any more room above the bird but manufactured a little more. Very little sharpening on the original file and a straight size reduction for posting.

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