12.15.2019 Not exactly saved, but a little better

Back in 2014 I walked into our backyard and saw an Eastern Cottontail sitting near our Forsythia.  As I looked a bit closer I noticed that she was nursing two bunnies-something I had never seen before.  I ran into the house and grabbed my camera with the 70-200 on and went out to quickly get a shot.  A few moments later I went in for the tripod but they were done. Once looking at the image on the desktop I realized my shakiness really hurt the image and felt disappointed at missing what remains a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…much like my moose fiasco this summer. I had been considering Topaz Sharpen AI but hesitated. Yesterday I decided to give the trial version a go.  While I couldn’t print this much larger than an 8×10, and even then the focus issue would still be noticeable upon close inspection, at least it is now somewhat presentable and a good share. The moose doesn’t get much better because of the extreme motion in low light, but this nursing bunny mom did.


This was done with the Shake Reduction in Photoshop’s Filter menu and then sharpened with Pixel Genius’ Photokit Sharpener.


This was done with Topaz Sharpen AI and just a touch of PS’s Shake Reduction and some output sharpening in Nik’s Sharpener Pro 3. I added a soft vignette as well but I think the detail is less crunchy.

I am not a good reviewer in respect to analysis and looking into the nuts and bolts of software.  But I am pleased with the improvement in this image and Topaz’ software is on sale now so may just add it to the toolbox.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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19 Responses to 12.15.2019 Not exactly saved, but a little better

  1. I can see the difference in sharpness better than I can sort out where each of the bunnies begins and ends.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    I had a hard time seeing greater sharpness in the second photo. What I did notice is that the colors seem muted after your adjustments; the glow of the surrounding grass and twigs and the contrast in the mother rabbit’s coat don’t seem so obvious. It may be that my computer (or my eyes) aren’t letting me see the additional sharpness, but when I fired up my iPad and looked at the images there, I still couldn’t see much difference.

    In truth, if I’d seen both images and was asked to choose which I preferred, I would have said the first. In any event, it was fun to see them again, as well as the photo of the two babies in your previous post.

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    • I added a vignette which reduced the impact of the background. If I was going to print this or share it again I probably would eliminate that. The main problem with the first was the crunchiness of the detail. It should have been smoother which it is in the second.


  3. Very Nice Steve. It is good to try different ways to “enhance” sharpness. We all have had times where sharpness is an issue on certain photos we have taken that we like. It also seems it depends on the individual image which method works best for enhancing sharpness.

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    • Thanks, Reed. I had no expectations of this image being made sharp enough for anything but this trial. I don’t hand hold well at all and there was a lot of movement. My newer 70-200 has IS and if I had another opportunity I think the end result would have been better. Of course if I had another chance I’d have grabbed the tripod from the start. Yes, the more tools we have more better outcomes are possible


  4. Interesting experimentation. I think I will give AI Sharpener a try.

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  5. What a lovely moment to witness, Steve. When our photos disappoint, we have to treasure our memories, instead of being upset about the missed photo op. But I know from experience that this is easier said than done.

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  6. Todd Henson says:

    This reminds me of something another photographer would sometimes say, possibly on a podcast from years ago. He’d always say he never deletes technically “flawed” photographs because storage is cheap and you never know what capabilities new software will bring tomorrow. This strikes me as an example of that.

    And I agree with others, the moment is definately worth having captured for the memories alone.

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    • Yup, I agree with that. I just had to purchase a couple of new external drives (1-12 tb and 1-10 tb) as I have filled a couple of 2 tb, by today’s standards, small ones.And every once in a while I do find something and use more recent tools to do what I could not previously.

      Thanks. I agree with all too. It’s just that the photographer in me wishes it was a bit better.


  7. bluebrightly says:

    That was a truly amazing piece of luck, seeing a rabbit nursing (I bet she was feeling desperate!) And I appreciate your showing us htese tow cersions – I’m tempted to look into Topaz Sharpen AI. Thanks Steve!

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