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May 9, 2016 21:30:10   #
robsphotography Loc: New Zealand
 
I recently captured an image of a pretty Pukeko bird at a park in New Zealand. This image can be seen here:

http://www.robsphotography.co.nz/A7R2-Pukeko.html

But, because the bird was moving around a lot amongst several ducks, it was almost impossible to avoid a rather "busy" background.

So I have ben debating whether to simply toss this image out or whether to attempt to "photoshop" out the four ducks in the background.

I suppose it could be argued that the image does at least show the natural environment in which the Pukeko lives and that the ducks are a part of this environment.

So, I would be interested in your views about this image, would you toss it out or would you use an imaging program to get rid of the ducks? If you were to attempt the latter, I would be interested in what imaging program you would use and which tools within that program you think would be the most suitable.

This image was captured using the Sony A7RII 42 mp full frame camera with the excellent FE Sony Zeiss 55mm F/1.8 lens.

Thanks for your views on this.

Regards
Rob

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May 9, 2016 21:39:45   #
SharpShooter Loc: NorCal
 
:lol: :lol: no, I would send it to a retoucher to have it done!!!! :lol: :lol:
SS

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May 9, 2016 21:58:22   #
JohnSwanda Loc: San Francisco
 
robsphotography wrote:
I recently captured an image of a pretty Pukeko bird at a park in New Zealand. This image can be seen here:

http://www.robsphotography.co.nz/A7R2-Pukeko.html

But, because the bird was moving around a lot amongst several ducks, it was almost impossible to avoid a rather "busy" background.

So I have ben debating whether to simply toss this image out or whether to attempt to "photoshop" out the four ducks in the background.

I suppose it could be argued that the image does at least show the natural environment in which the Pukeko lives and that the ducks are a part of this environment.

So, I would be interested in your views about this image, would you toss it out or would you use an imaging program to get rid of the ducks? If you were to attempt the latter, I would be interested in what imaging program you would use and which tools within that program you think would be the most suitable.

This image was captured using the Sony A7RII 42 mp full frame camera with the excellent FE Sony Zeiss 55mm F/1.8 lens.

Thanks for your views on this.

Regards
Rob
I recently captured an image of a pretty Pukeko bi... (show quote)


I would just remove the two duck rear ends. I think the two heads add some interest. (clone them out with Photoshop.)

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May 9, 2016 22:04:33   #
PixelStan77 Loc: Vermont/Chicago
 
If it were my image rob, I would retouch it. It has great color and texture.
SharpShooter wrote:
:lol: :lol: no, I would send it to a retoucher to have it done!!!! :lol: :lol:
SS


:thumbup:

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May 9, 2016 22:41:58   #
Mac Loc: Hernando County Florida
 
You might also want to ask this question in the Post Processing forum section.

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May 9, 2016 22:46:57   #
pjarbit Loc: Detroit, Michigan
 
5 minutes with patch and clone





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May 9, 2016 23:12:15   #
tdekany Loc: Oregon
 
SharpShooter wrote:
:lol: :lol: no, I would send it to a retoucher to have it done!!!! :lol: :lol:
SS


LOL!!!!!!

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May 9, 2016 23:56:30   #
robsphotography Loc: New Zealand
 
pjarbit wrote:
5 minutes with patch and clone


Wow thanks, that's clever! I have made a start on doing that in Photoshop but it's taking quite a while, so to get a good result in just 5 minutes makes it very worthwhile!

Cheers
Rob

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May 10, 2016 00:06:30   #
robsphotography Loc: New Zealand
 
PixelStan77 wrote:
If it were my image rob, I would retouch it. It has great color and texture.

:thumbup:


Hi thanks, yes without the ducks it's quite a nice image and perhaps I should continue with my somewhat slow efforts at retouching it in Photoshop!

Or, I could just do a "portrait" (as shown on my web page above) and this would reduce the Photoshop time considerably.Because it's a 42mp image, the cropped portrait image is still large enough for a sharp A4-sized print.

Cheers
Rob

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May 10, 2016 03:16:34   #
rook2c4 Loc: Philadelphia, PA USA
 
For wildlife photography, I generally don't remove (or add) objects. Out of principle, I try to keep the original scene as intact as possible. The only exception I may make is the removal of an object which I consider foreign to the scene - a discarded bubblegum wrapper, for example. And only then if I find its presence within the image particularly distracting.

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May 10, 2016 06:03:19   #
Psergel Loc: New Mexico
 
I would definitely ditch the ducks using Photoshop. A combination of "content aware fill", "patch" and "clone stamp" would do the trick.

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May 10, 2016 06:28:08   #
aellman Loc: Boston MA
 
robsphotography wrote:
I recently captured an image of a pretty Pukeko bird at a park in New Zealand. This image can be seen here:

http://www.robsphotography.co.nz/A7R2-Pukeko.html

But, because the bird was moving around a lot amongst several ducks, it was almost impossible to avoid a rather "busy" background.

So I have ben debating whether to simply toss this image out or whether to attempt to "photoshop" out the four ducks in the background.

I suppose it could be argued that the image does at least show the natural environment in which the Pukeko lives and that the ducks are a part of this environment.

So, I would be interested in your views about this image, would you toss it out or would you use an imaging program to get rid of the ducks? If you were to attempt the latter, I would be interested in what imaging program you would use and which tools within that program you think would be the most suitable.

This image was captured using the Sony A7RII 42 mp full frame camera with the excellent FE Sony Zeiss 55mm F/1.8 lens.

Thanks for your views on this.

Regards
Rob
I recently captured an image of a pretty Pukeko bi... (show quote)


I would not take the ducks out. I would defocus them, imitating a very narrow depth of field. Experiment with different levels and types of "blur," and see how this works. >Alan

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May 10, 2016 06:49:34   #
ncshutterbug
 
Rob, I like the retouch that pjarbit did for you, but I would also clone out the stray shadows on the grass that now don't belong to anybody. Great shot anyway!

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May 10, 2016 07:16:21   #
jeryh Loc: Oxfordshire UK
 
Well, If it were me, I would have noo hesitation in having a go at it. With a bit of careful work, it could be done, with a very nice result.

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May 10, 2016 07:29:59   #
Ugly Jake Loc: Sub-Rural Vermont
 
ncshutterbug wrote:
Rob, I like the retouch that pjarbit did for you, but I would also clone out the stray shadows on the grass that now don't belong to anybody. Great shot anyway!


I'm with nc - this is not an "Audubon" shot, so the question of ethics is muted; it is definitely worth keeping - 'shopped or not.
My once-in-a-lifetime eagle shot had a distracting branch behind its head, and I took it out. I have a feature in my PP program called "Compare to original", and I check it Every Time - and if my "work" is not an improvement, whether it's 5 min or 20, I hit Cancel and start over, or leave it original.

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