Sandra Irwin  

What A Bird by Sandra Irwin

May 2020 - What A Bird

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For the life of me, I couldn't clone out the distracting bit of rug on the lower right (I had to shoot it on the floor in order to get the camera far enough away to capture the whole head of the bird). I got rid of stuff on the upper left and upper right, but I couldn't get out the stuff on the lower right. Sometimes when I send to you, stuff gets cropped out. If so, great. If not, post it and maybe someone will tell me how to fix it. (I've had a class and I have a book, but I still couldn't do it.) I would have also liked to tilt it more on an angle, but that let in more distracting stuff, and since I was having trouble cloning it out, I didn't even try.
Or you might give me a hint?

I shot this with my Canon EOS 5D Mark Iv & my Canon 100 mm Macro. ISO 800, f/13, 1.6 sec; tripod & cable release. In post processing I did quite a bit of adjusting in LR: exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, blacks, texture, clarity, & saturation. In PS I flipped it right to left & cloned out some stuff on the upper left and upper right.

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12 comments posted

Dick States   Dick States
This is a great subject. I did some work on this, I hope you will like what I did. I took a bunch of specks out of the background. Rotated it some to the right. Darkened the edges some, and darkened the background some, put a border on the image. What do you think?   Posted: 05/06/2020 20:22:37
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Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Thank you! I tried so hard on those specs, but whatever I connected with didn't do the job well. At least it got rid of the rug on the upper left and upper right!

Now, as for rotation, I would have moved it a bit more to the right so the lower part of the base of the flower pointed slightly upward on a diagonal to the left. How would I do that? And how are you doing it, anyway???   Posted: 05/06/2020 20:37:26
Dick States   Dick States
I would guess there are several ways to rotate the image. I used the leveling tool, drew a line at an angle to rotate the bird, then cloned in the background color where needed. I also cropped the image to remove dead space on several sides. Another way to rotate would be to use the crop tool with no restrictions then grab the double arrow on the corner and rotate whatever amount you want.   Posted: 05/06/2020 20:55:29
Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
And how did you take out the specs? I tried and tried and just couldn't do it, tho I know it is really easy in Ps.   Posted: 05/06/2020 21:20:26
Dick States   Dick States
I use the spot healing brush tool it works very well. Just adjust the size you use so its just a little larger than the spot.   Posted: 05/07/2020 15:28:33
Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Thanks!   Posted: 05/07/2020 17:11:36

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Sandra.
Beautiful flower you chose to take. Dicks darkening of the background and cleaning it up a bit made a great difference. I like the angle suggested also.
What I sometimes do is - get an image where I think I want it, leave it for a while - then go back and reevaluate what still needs to be done.
Great progress you are making in your flower shots and you must be very pleased!
Janet   Posted: 05/10/2020 08:26:39
Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Yes, thank you, I am pleased with my progress. But like all trips forward, I meet lots of frustration!   Posted: 05/14/2020 23:01:26

Zolt Levay   Zolt Levay
Nice portrait of an amazing flower, I can't resist birds of paradise! I mostly agree with the comments already mentioned. I think the orientation is good but I feel the flower is crowding the edge a little, I'd like to see a little more room around it.
Not sure what you're using to edit. The clone stamp and spot healing brush tools in Photoshop worked pretty well to remove the distracting elements in the background. In addition, the crop tool expanded the edges using the content-aware fill option, which worked kinda like magic with almost no additional manipulation because the background is simple. Lightroom spot removal ought to work as well, but it wouldn't do the edge fill so well.   Posted: 05/10/2020 09:36:22
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Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Gorgeous! Thanks for your help. Will try all suggestions next time!   Posted: 05/10/2020 18:30:48

Jean Armstrong   Jean Armstrong
Love the Bird. Good idea, I too agree with Dick, really like the fix.   Posted: 05/11/2020 16:51:05

Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
Beautiful and difficult subject Sandra. Colors are amazing. Maybe the light produced some shadow on the background below the flower, perhaps you can avoid them next time increasing the distance. In case you're working verticaly you would have to clone in photoshop. Well done.   Posted: 05/19/2020 19:26:10