A little help please...
I was shooting some birds during golden hour and walked into a heavily wooded path which had very poor light. I was pretty much done with shooting and then I saw a monarch butterfly landing on various branches, some of which were catching rays of light. I took this shot. I really like the image but technically it isn't great. The camera settings were (Nikon D5600, ISO 1250, F/6.3, shutter 1/1000, Sigma 150-600, manual mode).
I really tried to rescue it in post but this is the best I could do. I imported it in Lightroom and boosted some colors. Then went into Topaz Denoise to reduce the noise. Then went into Topaz sharpen to try and recover some detail. Then went into Photoshop for some dodging and burning and clean up.
It is killing me that I couldn't rescue the image. Questions as follows:
1. What settings would you have used in this situation?
2. Would a modern full frame camera, with the correct settings, given me a better image?
3. How would you process this in post?
Thanks for your help.