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Twiggies Gone!!


I have just been having a go at clearing away "un-wanted" distractions again.  I took this shot this week in the hide I did my blog on.

Using Adobe Photoshop 7, with the clone brushes, had a go at removing the distraction.

Your thoughts on the result and any way I could have done it better would be very much appreciated.  Thanks in advance.

This is the original shot and than damn twig ran right across the Chaffinch.

I guess the hardest part was trying to keep the plumage "looking" right. I got into a bit of a tangle with the upper part of the shot, lost patience and stuck some leaves in, cloned from that single leaf on the left.

Thanks for having a look.  Any suggestions or comment is as always appreciated.


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Date Tue, 22/11/2011 - 19:44

See what you mean about the twig you have done a good job I have photoshop 7 I tried to edit a photo a member commented about unsuccessfully so I gave in it was frustrating me lol.

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Date Tue, 22/11/2011 - 20:03


Looks very good to me Steve...I don't see any evidence of the dreaded patterning and the cloned leaves work too although the little singleton looked quite cute on it's own ! Laughing out loud

How to improve ? the latest CS version..from what I've seen on the publicity bumf the intelligent cloning takes a lot of the hard work out of it....I think it also takes a lot of the hard cash out of the pocket too unfortunately !

Possibly doesn't give the same satisfaction as getting this result though...or would it?

Cheers Stuart

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Date Tue, 22/11/2011 - 20:06

Looks good to me - can't see the join ! If you hadn't shown the original I wouldn't have been able to tell there had been a twig across the body.
Good idea to use the leaf to hide the other areas. 

Regards,  Mike

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Date Tue, 22/11/2011 - 21:19

Good job!  Can you clone out deep set wrinkles.......................  xx

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Date Tue, 22/11/2011 - 21:27

That looks like a great job you have done. I think the only way to do it better (from experience) as I mentioned in your Hide blog, is to remove these things before setting up to shoot. I do it in my hide and also when shooting Dragons if I have the time. I will sometimes create a perch for them free from unwanted intrusions.


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Date Wed, 23/11/2011 - 06:02

Nice spot of cloning, Steve. Not sure I would have added the extra leaves myself - quite like the symmetry of one leaf/one bird. With the cloning done, I'd crop in so the bird is in the bottom RH third of the shot and the leaf is in the top LH third. Just a thought...

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Date Wed, 23/11/2011 - 08:33

Morning Fred

Like this?

I agree, it does look better balanced.  Thanks M8

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Date Wed, 23/11/2011 - 09:53

Hi Steve that"s brilliant and show"s how it should be done I am not surprised it took you 2 hours it would have taken me months to do that but you make it look to easy as you have shown me in the past but I will get there M8T eventunatlly!!!LoL. Great job Steve take care BoB.

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Date Wed, 23/11/2011 - 11:11

I think sometimes you have to ask yourself Is it really worth it? If the original photo was very special or technically good apart from a minor distraction is it worth spending a couple of hours trying to create a silk purse from a sows ear or words to that effect LOL.

I customer of mine asked me to take a photo of his house, which I did, unfortunately there were telephone and power cables all across the shot that couldnt be avoided, it took me about 3 hours to painstakingly remove them ( going across tiled roofs was a nightmare). Still he was happy with the result. Was the time well spent? In terms of three extra hours work, maybe not, but sometimes you feel you have no choice.

I very useful tool to do the above for free can be found in picasa3 called the retouch tool in the basic fixes. A bit tricky to get used to but can be an invaluable tool.

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Date Wed, 23/11/2011 - 11:39

Good cloning work Steve, and your cropped 'final' result is much better than the one with the added leaves.

I did a similar piece of work on a photograph at a friends daughters wedding that most people would have binned.  When I put the DVDs together for him and his family, everyone said that photograph was the best of all of them.

Well worth doing IMO, it's amazing how many photographs can be recovered with a little effort - just so long as the original composition is right or can be cropped to be so.  Smile

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Date Wed, 23/11/2011 - 13:38

Nice one Steve. I'd have just gone and cut the twig off the tree and waited 'days' for another bird to land, lol.


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Date Wed, 23/11/2011 - 15:09

Never seen cloning before,is it worth allthe time it takes? Perhaps when i get more experienced at photography i might have a go.Well done and thanks for putting something else in the back of my mind.

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Date Wed, 23/11/2011 - 23:43

Wow, great shot and fantastic effort with the software Wink

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Date Sun, 27/11/2011 - 15:10

Nice Work Steve

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Date Sun, 27/11/2011 - 15:40

 Amazing!! I need to learn photo shop , you can have more presentable shots.Thanks for sharing tricks of the trade.

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Date Wed, 30/11/2011 - 08:38

wow that is clever - I don't clone but my husband does - at the moment he is trying to clone Kelly Brook - I wonder why !!!!

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Date Sat, 03/12/2011 - 03:10

I like the cropped version as it reduces the size of the white "flare" and the single leaf has a more haunting presence than a clump of leaves.  The shot has more emotional impact when reduced to its barest essentials.

It's neat how members can help one another out--while the rest of us listen in.  Thanks for posting--and thanks to all who added their comments.


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Date Sat, 28/01/2012 - 09:49

It's amazing what some can do very clever, not got photo shop myself but paint shop pro photo+2 and have not used all the possible things it has, having seen what you have done I had better take another look, Cheers for this blog like it.

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