Brenda Fishbaugh  

 A Heron and a Paintbrush by Brenda Fishbaugh

October 2021 - A Heron and a Paintbrush

October 2021 - Brenda Fishbaugh


About the Image(s)

I am in PSA Digital Study Group, DD52, and Scott Shuey created a couple of bird photos using the included "Kyle Concepts brushes" in Photoshop. I thought they were very interesting and tried it myself.

As you can see in my original, this heron, photographed in March 2021 at Circle B Bar ranch in Lakeland, Florida, is too close to the background to process into much of a photo. The Kyle brushes are smudge brushes, and smudged the background. I left much of the brush texture coming through, to add interest.

I did enlarge his eye using the "bloat tool" in "Liquify" in Photoshop.

It was a very fun project and I learned a lot about the smudge tool, other brushes in Photoshop and how to use the bloat tool in Liquify.

He is quite centered, but several crops didn't really lend themselves. Any suggestions?

Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 100-400 zoom with 1.4x telextender to 560 mm max, ISO 25 1/500th sec f/8.0 560 mm

9 comments posted

Geoff Wiggins   Geoff Wiggins
You play around with your pics well Brenda. Like the crop, the detail, the clarity in the birds eye. Just the right amount of saturation to create the setting. Nice one.   Posted: 10/10/2021 09:53:48
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Thanks so much, Geoff! It was a wild experiment, but I enjoyed learning a few techniques!   Posted: 10/10/2021 15:00:58

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Great image as usual   Posted: 10/10/2021 14:17:41
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
So kind of you to stop by, Bev! Thanks for the love!   Posted: 10/10/2021 15:01:28

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Beautiful blue heron, Brenda. You did an excellent job of improving the background. It is certainly an improvement over the original. The crop seems to work, and orientation of the bird brings you right into the image.   Posted: 10/11/2021 15:02:53
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Oh, thanks so much, Candy! First time I tried it, so I am very happy I "passed muster"!   Posted: 10/13/2021 17:54:52

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Nice work. I like what you did with the distracting background as well as providing a more painterly Blue Heron.
Nice creative tweaks...
  Posted: 10/13/2021 16:50:20
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Thanks, Pierre! I really enjoyed trying out this process. It was really good fun. I'm glad you think it turned out well.   Posted: 10/13/2021 17:55:55

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
This is so different from your usual entries, but I love it. I would suggest softening those background twigs even more, especially to the right of his head.   Posted: 10/14/2021 15:39:35


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