Good Day Fellow CSers,
I have a question with an image that I captured recently and I was hoping for some advice.
I shot the image below hand held, the settings are as follows. Using a Nikon D300, f/2.8 1/4000 s ISO 800 @ a focal length of 200mm on a Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8D. I tried using single point focus and attempted to focus at the eye of the bird. The image was taken approximately 5-6 meters away from subject.
My Question is: What can I do the make the image sharper, would a tripod help? Am I at the limit of sharpness due to the equipment/lens used or should I something else? My Intent is to bring out the details in the birds feathers. Should I be using a longer lens (perhaps a 400mm focal length) to achieve the desired image?
I tried to using smart sharpen / Unsharp mask the image but after a certain point I'm starting to see artifacts in the image.
Thank You for your time.