Dustin, thanks for sharing the processing information on Flickr relating to this shot. Which software do you prefer? Because it was so little money ($40 offer) I bought Corel Paintshop Pro recently and it does have many features. BUT it opens my CR files with a pinkish hue!??
What is your opinion of the 70 -300 L versus non-L. On sale I bought the non-L for $400 (a no-brainer for my daughter to learn with using the used $200 40D I found). However, I'm thinking something for travel that's not as big as the 300 2.8.
Now that my 6D and big lens is off at Canon for evaluation I'm so anxious and impatient I'm even having Nebuchadnezzer type dreams where all manner of birds are flying, including a ring-neck pheasant feeding from someone's hand and I don't have my camera to shot with! I think I can blame Gary in part for this dream - I'm still in awe/shock at what he produces.
This shot is a "there is absolutely nothing out here today to shoot" test to look at the 300 sharpness and it contributed to me sending the gear in for checkup.
6D 300F2.8 II 2X III F6.3 1250th ISO 250
That image isn't really big enough to pixel peep, but at this magnification it looks pretty good. You are getting great delineation, obviously, because depth of field at 300mm f/2.8 is definitely small. The same remains true when you add on the TCs, for while you drop an F-Stop or two, you are still talking about a small depth of field because of the focal length.
If I could own just one piece of editing software, it would be Lightroom. I also use Photoshop, OnOne Perfect Photo Suite, and Alien Skin Exposure, but with practice you can do so many things effectively and quickly in Lightroom. The single biggest thing is being able to apply presets at import that can deal with many of your common settings, your metadata, etc... That's huge!