Processing: Cropped (1/4 of the whole image), sharpened
The Chickadee itself is in an active braking to land pose. That adds a bit more story to a bird flight shot. The background is nicely blurred out. The bird is adequately sharp in the study group image size but falls apart when blown up like it would be in projection. When I know I want to do a significant crop, I will generally resize the image first to a higher resolution and image size using the OnOne Perfect Resize plugin. That generally give me a higher quality image when I do the actual cropping.
At ISO 640, your 7D exhibited the same noise problems I mentioned with Bruce. Your cropping exaggerated this digital noise. The NIK Define plugin or the Topaz DeNoise plugin would help here.
N=3, T=1, P=3, E=0, Total=7
My photographic interests started in Maryland, 2002, when I joined the National Institute of Health Camera Club. After moving back to Montreal in 2004, I joined Lakeshore Camera Club.
I am using a Canon 7D camera and the following Canon lenses: 24-100L IS f4, 70-200 L IS f 4, macro 100 L2.8, 17-35L f2.8, 300L IS f2.8, extenders 1.4 and 2.0. My post processing workflow includes Bridge or Lightroom, Photoshop CS5 and NIK and Photomatix software.
I came into photography with a love for nature and a passion for the outdoors. My photographic interests started in 2002, and since then I photographed many subjects, ranging from environment and architecture to animals and sports. In 2009 I graduated from a Commercial Photography Program at Dawson College in Montreal. I organize photo tours and workshops and enjoy sharing my regional knowledge and passion for photography.