|Hi Gert, overdoing PP is always a concern. I have a pretty standard workflow now, that I've developed for myself and follow. Part of that includes a constant check back against the original jpeg (and against my memory of course) to determine if I've gone too far or not. I do all of my work in layers, so I can back up, and I often do back up (though I won't tell you that very often in the workflow that I describe here). I know reading the workflow for each of my shots looks extensive, but if done properly and if the shot is done properly then I do very little with each individual tool. It's more that I follow a discipline so I touch the tools but hopefully don't overuse any one of them.
In the case of this shot in particular, it was shot with a 200 mm, where I could have used a 400, so it wasn't the sharpest of shots to begin with (and had to be cropped substantially to give this presentation) and it was under exposed, (trying to keep the speed up) so there was obviously some rescue work that needed to be done. As always however with the PP done, I tried to keep it looking as natural as possible.
Thanks very much for your comments, John
The Owl and the Jay (44)