Please help post process this image

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Please help post process this image
Jul 2, 2013

This was shot with my D5200 and Nikon 70-300 VR lens. What I did to achieve the following in Lightroom 4 was:

  • White Balance to Auto
  • Cropping
  • Exposure -.15
  • Shadows +24
  • Clarity +25
  • Vibrance +15
  • Lens Correction - Enable Profile Corrections for the lens

I think the image could still be better. I'm particularly concerned with the darkness of the wing which is why I tried lifting shadows.

As a learning experience I would appreciate seeing what others may be able to do with the image and if possible give me pointers for the same in Lightroom 4. The unedited / uncorrected NEF and JPG files are linked to below.

Thanks! Jake

cedar waxwing

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3444063/_DSC0757.NEF

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3444063/_DSC0757.jpg

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Fujifilm X-E1 Nikon D5200 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM +2 more
Nikon D5200
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