Here is an early attempt at cropping a photo to get decent framing of a bird. I know the camera and the lens are, shall we say, not great, so I know the image quality leaves something to be desired. Leaving that aside, (unless there's a Photoshop trick I can actually use to clean it up further) how does the framing of the bird look? Is she in the right spot? Are the tree branches crazy enough? Too crazy? I don't know.
I used the rule of thirds to set the hawks eye at a 'power point' with the bird looking into the open part of the picture. I had her higher up, but I didn't like the look of the tree below. I had cropped it in further, but it got really (really) grainy. I sharpened and lightened the image up a bit, and turned the contrast way down to bring out more details in the bird. I included the original picture for reference.
Thanks in advance.