I spent an hour yesterday morning trying, rather unsuccessfully, to take some photos of birds in the garden. The light was poor and high ISO meant grainy images, the birds were really too far away for a 70-330mm telephoto lens and none of the pictures were very sharp. Matters could have been even worse as I managed to trip over the tripod at one stage only just saving the camera and lens from "death on a concrete floor" at the last minute!!
Apart from cropping on some of the bird and moth and insect photos, I don't really bother editing my images and I fear the mysteries of "Photoshop" will remain mysteries but last night I did have a slight play around with the Olympus software that came with the camera that I use for the cropping.
Here's a totally unedited photo of a coal tit
The same photo cropped
The same photo with the brightness and contrast adjusted - well its still a poor picture but I think the editing has slightly improved it.
The following photos have all been cropped and had the brightness and contrast adjusted - they are still not very sharp but look slightly better than the original unedited photos.
Robin hiding amongst the shrubs - I must have another go at taming a robin - its remarkably easy, with lots of patience, to get them feeding from the hand if you tempt them with mealworms which they find totally irresistible.
Another of the coal tit
Feral pigeons followed by a wood pigeon that spent hours guzzling seed on the bird table
I know I've made this comment before but there is no doubt that collared dove visits to the garden have dropped considerably athe same time as feral and wood pigeon presence has increased dramatically over the last few years. I do wonder if there is a connection.