I know this may be taboo, but if you have already sharpened the eye in the original to within an inch of its life, try extracting a sharp eye from the image you posted subsequently and see if you can chop it into the original.
Nothing taboo about it in my book...in fact the thought had already crossed my mind before you had even mentioned it . In fact I'm actually playing with it right now but I'm not sure if I like it or not yet as there is a slight difference in perspective from the first shot to the second shot (which effects the shape of the eye a bit). I'm going to noodle with it a bit more and do a "before and after" comparison and depending on how things go I may post both up here to see what folks think.
I get he feeling you will be going back to try this shot again - I think you will get it, as long as you bring scooby snacks for the cat and caffeine for the photographer.
As far as being back out at the zoo again...you can count on it. I'm a member of the Cleveland Zoological Society so I get in free . I'm pretty much on a first name basis with most of the critters out there (and even some of the staff! LOL!). Now in regards to the caffeine for the photographer...don't encourage me! I already have enough of a problem with that as it! LOL!!!
Have you tried dodging the dark side of the face and eye to alter the face shot into more of a rembrandt illusion? This procedure would be in addition to rather than instead of.
Not yet, but since I'm still playing with the shot, I may give that a try. I'll let ya know if it works out.
#2 is great as is. You always do good stuff.
Thank you...it's nice to be appreciated!
That 70-300 tamron works good for you, huh?
Yes, absolutely. This is actually my second Tamron 70-300mm LD...the first had jumped out of my camera case in downtown Cleveland and busted on the sidewalk. I was able to fix the mounting ring but there's something in the e-tronics that's messed up causing the camera to error out. One of these days I may rip it apart and see what happened.
I'm really a big fan of Tamron lenses in general. My only real gripe about them is that they are a bit slow to focus and that seems to be pretty consistent across the whole Tamron line. In other words, it just takes a little more patience to use them compared with some of the more expensive lenses . I also wish they had more IS lenses (or "VC" to be more specific) but that I'm sure will come in time. Beyond that, considering I only paid $65 for my currant 70-300mm (and only $90 for the first one), I really can't complain at all. A lot of the lens snobs crack on the third party vendors but when it comes to sharpness, Tamron is really hard to beat for even three times the price. In my ever so humble opinion, they really are one of the best bargains in the biz.
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