I managed to catch this pretty bird in the pre-pandemic period in lovely Costa Rica. It was an evening shot and light was really poor, leading to a high ISO. I’m not completely satisfied with my edit especially in terms of sharpening / denoising. Maybe anyone can do better ?
I think that’s a wrong sidecar; applying it destroys the details that you reserved so well in the feathers. Comparing it to the history stack in the JPG, there’s only a single profiled denoise instance in the XMP (in non-local means auto mode), whereas the stack in the JPG contains a chroma-only wavelet-mode instance of profiled denoise instance applied to the whole image, plus another in non-local means mode applied to the background using a drawn mask.
Great job, either way!
Great edit nice color and denoising… I would just keep you mask a bit inside the bird. Its spilled over outside so when you inverted it for the second denoise instance it doesn’t come to the bird so if you zoom in there are black dots of noise left as the inverted mask is now a bit too far from the bird. Thanks for sharing