Lisa Auerbach  

Catching the Rays by Lisa Auerbach

October 2021 - Catching the Rays

October 2021 - Lisa Auerbach


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I caught this turtle resting on a stone at Hillwood Estate. I reduced whites and highlights to lower the shine on the shell. I blurred and used cloning to remove the messy area behind the turtle. In doing so I found it necessary to smudge parts of the water to blend it. Dodging the eye did not do much for the turtle; however, I still tried to open up the eye. I tried to remove some of the yellow of the original water. Finally, I cloned a bit of water around the back foot so it would blend in better.

Settings: Handheld Canon EOS R; Canon 24-105@105mm; f/8;1/125;ISO 100

3 comments posted

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I like how your cropping brought us closer to the turtle. You had a challenge cleaning up the background. To me the leg in the water in the original is natural looking where the edited version doesn't. I did a quick edit just toning down the background instead of trying to remove it. For me including a muted background environment is ok.   Posted: 10/08/2021 16:50:22
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Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
I do like that and will work with it. Thank you. I had a hard time deciding what to do with that nasty background. Your suggestions work.   Posted: 10/08/2021 17:01:24

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Personally, I like what you did with the water. It looks very natural to me, although I think the yellow spot could still be toned down a bit more. I am impessed that you did not smudge the edges of the turtle's back foot. Having said that, Pamela's edit works too and would probably be more acceptable under the Nature definition. If I were you I would keep both versions...who knows where you might find a use for one or the other of them.   Posted: 10/18/2021 15:24:38


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