Help with Post Processing

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  1. Kedarnag138

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    I'm still very new to post processing, would like to get some help on how to process the following image.

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    Appreciate the help. Thank you


     
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    D7K This is the right time.. Supporting Member

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    What processing has been done and what is it that you don't like / want to change about it? Maybe the whites are a little warm on the bird but it would help if you can explain what you'd like to see or what you'd to change..
     
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    I have removed noise and cropped those are the only processing I have done. I would like to see more detail on wings, as it is bright, I feel it is over exposed.
     
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    The detail you'd like to see on the wing is captured in the raw (ARW) file if you saved it. Processing the ARW file to keep that detail would be easy. Not a lot of improvement can be made using the JPEG here as most of the detail has been discarded by the camera's processing.

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    I opened it in camera raw, slid the highlights to the dark side until there was no more clipping. That turned the bird a little gray. So I made it a little brighter and raised the clarity slider just a touch for some micro-contrast. If you have the raw file, open it and turn down the highlights. Even the JPG has a lot of detail in the wings. Just watch out, because that will make it look flat and gray.

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    Thank you. Yes I have saved the ARW file and I'll make the change and bring out the colors a little more and try to make it not look soft.
     
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    Thank you. This looks better. I'll try the one you have mentioned.
     
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    We both redid it in RAW, though had somewhat differing results...still, it is in the whites and highlights

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    I did a quick Lightroom edit of the shot...to me, this portion of the bird needed a Minus 0.6 EV burn-down. Screen Shot 2019-01-19 at 8.55.38 PM.png
     
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    Not always, but most of the time when shooting birds that I know are going to be against a bright sky, I set my camera for a minus .7 EV. Not so coincidentally, Egrets exhibit just about the same brightness so I generally have to do very little in post.
     
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