CyberCat wrote in post #18556611
May I ask your post processing workflow? The images are incredibly sharp.
I edit my photos in LR, then finish off in Photoshop with some minor touches, such as cloning, a bit sharpening, perhaps some level, etc. but only when needed. I finish off in PS primarily for resizing the images for web postings and saving. In the LR is where I work on the image the most from top down, i.e., cropping (lots of it for small birds!), white balancing and exposure when needed (when I do need, it's typically very very tiny bit of adjustment), contrast, highlights and shadow when needed, a bit of tone curve, and finally a bit of sharpening and noise reduction. I never push any of these, unless I need to try to salvage a messed up image to begin with.
Everything I do in LR is just tiny adjustments, less as the in-camera exposure is spot on. Because these small bird images had to be cropped so much, I'm very mindful not to overdo any sharpening. I only apply a tiny bit. The key to me is to sharpen only enough for the viewers to not think, "oh, edited." I don't succeed at this all the time, but I try. The lens turned out to be sharp even at 600mm, so just a tiny bit of post sharpening was all I needed. Because shooting at high ISO with 5DIII is amenable, I also do just a bit of noise reduction. Even during middle of a sunny day, I shot these with mostly ISO 1000 so I can capture the birds with faster shutter speed and at f/9 to f/11.