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1 hour ago, Tanager 101 said:

Thoughts on this photo?

That depends on why you took the photo.  If you took it to ID the bird, it's great.  If you took it to capture the bird in its environment, good job.  If you took it for artistic reasons, see the previous comments about the background being too busy.

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Just an opinion on editing in general, from someone that doesn't really know what he's talking about. If you take a photo in less than ideal lighting and try to make it look like it was taken in ideal lighting, you're probably over doing it. Post processing is a great tool to enhance a photo, or transform a photo, where the line is drawn between the two is subject for debate.

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2 hours ago, lonestranger said:

Just an opinion on editing in general, from someone that doesn't really know what he's talking about. If you take a photo in less than ideal lighting and try to make it look like it was taken in ideal lighting, you're probably over doing it. Post processing is a great tool to enhance a photo, or transform a photo, where the line is drawn between the two is subject for debate.

It wasn’t really me trying to make the lighting better, instead I was trying to make the background less busy and more contrasting with the bird.

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9 minutes ago, MichaelLong said:

It wasn’t really me trying to make the lighting better, instead I was trying to make the background less busy and more contrasting with the bird.

Don't get me wrong @MichaelLong, I think your edit is an improvement over the original. It's just that I am noticing more and more photographers taking photos on heavily overcast days that are being processed to the point where they almost look like the sun was shining, thus my generalization about editing. I don't claim to know where the balancing scale tips, but I do think less is better when it comes to editing.

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