Yellow-thighed Finch

Should have focus bracketed and stacked

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This is a Yellow-thighed Finch from Costa Rica. Taken in dark (raining) conditions I needed a high ISO and wide aperture (although I could have come down from 5.6), with the bird sitting almost parallel to my lens, I could not get the DOF needed to keep the entire bird in focus. This bird was sitting still enough that, had I been quicker, could have shot a series of shots bracketing the focus and then stacked them in PS, but unless I am specifically thinking about doing something like that (or exposure bracketing) I miss the opportunity. Once the moment is gone, it is gone.
Cropped from L and bottom for composition. Bird brought up slightly and BG brought down slightly. Limb across the top of the frame cloned out at 50% opacity Clone Stamp.

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