Critique: Take the photo back into Bridge then to ACR(Command/Control R). Get rid of any blown spots or spots that are too bright in the main window. Adjust the Clarity to 15 to 20. The only problem with the photo is the noise, so, while in ACR go into luminance noise reduction and move the Luminance slider to ~40-45. Now get rid of color noise by taking the color slider to ~25. Do not sharpen in ACR. Return the photo to photoshop.
Control/Command J for a new background layer then a blank layer, change the layer to 'Darken' sample the green in the center of the head of the bird and carefully paint the yellow on the side of the head and the wings, reduce the opacity to ~60%. Control shift e.
Command = MAC Control = PC
Go to this link <[link]> and download the "Click to download"(blue printing) actions for PS near the bottom of the article. Download these actions and load the ones that do not require Topaz software into Actions in photoshop(see web if you don't know how. Use the Freaky Amazing Detail to over-sharpen the photo(set to 5 in Gaussian blur) then reduce the sharpening with the brush tool(B), use 60% for starters vary the brush opacity for different areas. 'Control shift E' to collapse the stack.
If you already know this stuff then disregard this. The critique was ' the photo was too noisy!
No problem! You're on the right page, just go to the bottom of the article and click the blue letters that say: 'click to download'. It's right underneath the picture of the canon and before the comments. Another good way to sharpen is to reduce the the image size(<1 megabyte) in photoshop and @ ~100 ppi +/- and use: filters/sharpen/smart sharpen(140%, 0.2radius is a good starting point). Remember to reduce luminosity noise in ACR you can then do a final sharpening in ACR whilst adjusting the luminosity noise to suit.
Here is the Photosig.com site of the person that wrote the article on stopping a hummers wings. Check out his photos. I put my work up to see just how bad mine really are. This site is also a freebee, but your post rate is low. You will; however, receive some genuine critiques from some current and ex-pros. This gentleman ripped mine apart, but it has made me a better(?) photographer!
I reprocessed - using my own bag of tricks. I get sloppy for sure - did not even notice the burn-out areas! And the noise - way too much - thanks so much for pointing that out! I will explore your techniques some other time when I have more time - I love learning new tricks. Thanks again Walt!
Your camera must be top notch to catch such a shot without any bluring. I can see the details of the wing feathers as well as the tiny feet and individual feathers. You must of had a telescope lens as these guys would not come within ten feet of any animal. Still to catch this pose must of required extreme patience. I like it.
This is an absolutely beautiful and amazingly stunning photo! The colors were captured so nicely, and I really enjoy the perspective/the bird's pose. The colors in the background are just lovely as well!