How do you guys make a subject 'pop''?

Started Dec 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
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How do you guys make a subject 'pop''?
Dec 24, 2012

Took this photo yesterday and tried cleaning it up using lightroom and neatimage but the result looks a bit bland no matter what I try.

Baby[?] Woodpecker

Also, here is the RW2 file for the samehttp://www.sharebeast.com/ieyujjjyd8wy

I would much appreciate it if someone could walk me through the process of getting the best out of an image like this.

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