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    I captured this image last year at Ft. Desoto County Park in Pinellas County, Florida. Comments and critique welcomed and appreciated. Thank you for viewing.

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    Very unique as this fella still looks sopping wet. This would be good for theme. Love the ocean BG, the pose and the prey adds interest. TFS

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    Joe, I know sharpness is a touchy subject here sometimes but this one seems less sharp to me than others - esp compared to the superb quality of many of your shots.

    Was it a large crop?

    The fish in mouth certainly adds!

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    Lovely capture but the bird's head does not look quite sharp to me, the fish and bill do.

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    Love the position of the fish but unfortunately it is not sharp.
    Would have been fantastic had it been sharp.
    Might be worth trying the new Topaz AI sharpen plug-in. You can get a free download for 30 days. I have used it twice on images that were sharp but not "TACK' sharp and it saved the day. This may be a bit too blurry to save but worth a try,
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    Hi Joe, agree with the others, if this was 'pin sharp' it would be a real winner, especially with the fish, however, it's not sharp and no software can bring it back sadly.

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    Thanks everyone for viewing and commenting. I checked the position of the active focus point, dead center on the bird. So then I went back to the image, I was conservative on sharpening so I did a do over. I also think the bird and fish being wet changes the appearance of the sharpening. Here is the edit and a repost.
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    Hi Joe, I still feel it's not quite there, are you doing any pre sharpening in LR, you know how to watch for Halos. Drop me a line with amounts and what you are doing, did you get my last email?
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    Joe great capture as for the sharpness,I agree with not being sharp. I have some images of Ibis that when they bring up the submerged head they are not sharp either on the head. My question is does the water effect the sharpness and displace the quality? I know on my images you can see a layer of water over the head. TFS

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    I like the pose and the fish, light and all else. the re post is better but it is still not sharp :) . focus point being on the bird doesn't mean that the camera necessarily locked focus on the bird or if the raw was sharp at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin Hice View Post
    Joe great capture as for the sharpness,I agree with not being sharp. I have some images of Ibis that when they bring up the submerged head they are not sharp either on the head. My question is does the water effect the sharpness and displace the quality? I know on my images you can see a layer of water over the head. TFS
    Hi Kevin, thank you for viewing and commenting. I think you are on to the reason the image appears soft. The bird and fish were wet. The tern had just surfaced with the fish and was beginning to fly away. I had not thought of that but that now explains it to me, wet feathers and fish. Thanks again...
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    Quote Originally Posted by arash_hazeghi View Post
    I like the pose and the fish, light and all else. the re post is better but it is still not sharp :) . focus point being on the bird doesn't mean that the camera necessarily locked focus on the bird or if the raw was sharp at all

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    Hi Arash, thank you for viewing and commenting. You're right, the vagaries of phase detect autofocus. I also think, as Kevin mentioned, that the bird and fish were soaking wet might have had something to do with the appearance of a soft image. Thanks again, Arash.
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    Thanks everyone for viewing and commenting, much appreciated.
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    Like the water drops and the fish. Light was nice. Agree with the other comments here.

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