jrista, Not sure I should thank you this time as now my head is really spinning. That may relate to the fact that I've been reading all these bird set up articles and so forth instead of going to bed (it's 1:40 AM).
Anyway, thanks again. Off to bed!
Oh BTW, can you maybe post a shot or two to illustrate sharpening - none, correct, too much, if and when you have time of course.
Sure. I'll see if I can scrounge something up. I do have to say, ever since picking up the 600/4 L II, I don't really sharpen anymore. For example, the last shorebird shot, the one of the Spotted Sandpiper's head. That is a lightly cropped image that is pretty much out of camera. I think I recovered highlights a bit, and slightly tweaked the tone curve. The sharpness is all the lens and sensor.
So, first things first...the BEST way to sharpen is get sharper gear.
I was lucky, I had some extra money earlier in the year this year (and, I found a purely PHENOMENAL deal at a Canadian store), and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to buy the lens I was ultimately going to get anyway. (However, as times are a bit harder on me now, as I'm trying to go into business for myself, the extra money would have been useful...ah, hindsight, you mangy bitch.) I don't remember what lens you have, I think it is the 300/2.8 and a teleconverter or two? If that is the case, then you are off to a really good start...that is a phenomenal lens, Mark I or II, and paired with a 6D, you should have the gear to maximize your in-camera sharpness potential already.
When it comes to post-process sharpening, I'll see what I can dig up. It really depends on the subject and the circumstances. The answer might be best answered by a blog article, so I'll probably write one up and drop it in my Knowledge Center
on my Blog
, instead of writing it all in here.