Sometimes two photos together are better then either apart.
Here I tried to make a good photo out of two boring ones.

EXPOSURE 1

SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

2015-08-24_13-42-22 SOOC

EXIF:

Nikon D810
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
200mm
f/5
1/2000s
720 ISO

 

Lightroomed

2015-08-24_13-42-22 lightroomed

 

  • Contrast upped
  • Highlights reduced
  • Shadows raised

 

 

EXPOSURE 2

SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

2015-08-24_13-42-27 SOOC

 

Lightroomed

2015-08-24_13-42-27 lightroomed

 

  • Contrast upped
  • Highlights reduced
  • Shadows raised
  • (Synced with other photo)

 

 

 

2015-08-24 13.42.22 layer 1

 

Photoshopped

Layer 1

  • Aligned the 2 layers

 

2015-08-24 13.42.22 Layer 2

 

Layer 2

  • Masked in the wings in flight

 

2015-08-24_13-42-22 PS out leed

Layer 3

  • Edited out the lead on the birds foot

 

Lightroomed

 

2015-08-24_13-42-22

 

  • Vignette Added

After all that I don’t know if I like it. It’s a pretty unnatural looking pose, but it looks realistic.