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One of the comments I received on this blog was that a bee I had shot looked like it wore a fur coat; this bee seems to have acquired a beard.
One of the issues with processing bees and furry animals is how to manage the sharpening. Selective sharpening is best as the fur can easily get over sharpened. In this case and due mostly to the original raw image it’s on the verge of being over sharpened. Sharpening is a science into itself, there are many tools/methods to use, and more than one was tried in this case. It is a subject worth reading up on and more importantly practicing so you can see the different results and find those tools/methods that work for you. The main methods in Photoshop are: shake reduction, smart sharpening, high pass filtering and unsharp mask (some of which can be combined). The sharpening in Lightroom is extremely good. One needs to keep in mind that many add-on filters from Nik, OnOne, MacPhun also add sharpening.