the first one is fantastic, really good! worthy of a competition entry I reckon!
i prefer the uncropped second/third one as the cropped one looks a little soft around the eye which is less evident in the uncropped one.
i reckon some PS work could remove the leaf in the last one too.... go on, be brave still a lovely image though
Well - it was my opinion that the eye didn't stand the close scrutiny on that one! I think the focussing was a little lower down on the feathers there.......
I tried cloning the leaf out when I was tired last night and it went horribly wrong........
Just now I used the magnetic lasso,inverted, used the clone tool and went right in to 'brush up'. When I was in there I discovered some chromatic aberrations on the back of the head that aren't as noticeable at normal veiwing.......... aarggg
I should do what OH does - don't shoot with undesirable backgrounds and bin anything that needs too much work even if you end up with nothing!
I suppose getting fed up with fudging will make me shoot better.
I get so excited with my new camera though.......LOL LOL
And that beak isn't quite right if you compare it..........