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Oct 21, 2011 11:40 |  #1

I posted this in the wildlife forum but got no hits, maybe wrong place to put it. I want to print this but the branch is bothering me. I couldn't eliminate it from the shot. I thought about photoshoping it out, or putting a slight blur to it, or leave it alone. Any thoughts? Any other opinions? Thanks

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Oct 21, 2011 11:59 |  #2

The branch wasn't the first thing I noticed, believe it or not. But now it is a little distracting. I don't know how skilled you are in Photoshop but I would imagine that it would be an extremely strenuous task to clone out the branch and make it blend in. Especially since it stretches across the top of the lion's mane, to keep that detail you'd have to almost clone out 1 pixel at a time.

Honestly, if it were my photo and I was going to print it to hang on my wall I would probably be able to look past the branch since there's such great detail in the lion's face. If you were going to sell it then that would be a different story, but for your own print I'd say just print it as is.


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Oct 21, 2011 12:01 |  #3

It can be done, here is a crude shot at it


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Oct 21, 2011 12:04 |  #4

I must say that the edit looks really good.




  
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Oct 21, 2011 12:20 |  #5

johndoorley wrote in post #13284844 (external link)
It can be done, here is a crude shot at it

If that is just a crude edit, what does a good edit look like? Nice work.
The fuzzy mane actually helps camoflauge the edit. If you didn't know there had been a stick in the picture, you would never suspect an edit.


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Oct 21, 2011 12:23 |  #6

Nice shot and edit, but the frame is more distracting than the branch was.

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Oct 21, 2011 12:29 |  #7

Nice edit!


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Oct 21, 2011 12:47 |  #8

johndoorley wrote in post #13284844 (external link)
It can be done, here is a crude shot at it

Crude my a**! Nice!


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Oct 21, 2011 13:24 |  #9

FstopMiami123 wrote in post #13284955 (external link)
...but the frame is more distracting than the branch was...

Agree with this. Also, the purple in the frame seems non-complimentary to the image, somehow, to me. Perhaps a little more sharpening than needed ... (perhaps?)...

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Oct 21, 2011 14:00 as a reply to  @ ImageMogul's post |  #10

Could display well as a B&W. Many contrasting shades of grey in this photo... Also, cropping out some of the matter on the right seems to make it look more like the lion is on the stalk and moving around the branch (perhaps negating the need to clone it out?)...

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Oct 21, 2011 15:15 |  #11

Wow, great photo. I think removing the branch makes it better. You could also maybe try blurring it so the lion appears further behind the branch. I agree that the colours in the frame are distracting. Maybe a plain black?




  
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Oct 21, 2011 17:23 as a reply to  @ little_mcturtle's post |  #12

Your location is in Ohio...did you take that picture in Zanesville about 3 days ago?

I'd like to see a blurry, maybe slightly desaturated branch. Something seems off when the branch is gone.

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Oct 21, 2011 17:33 |  #13

Thanks for the reply's, Frame will not be in the print, and yes it was a little over sharpened. Cleveland Zoo is where it was taken.
johndoorley, your edit is great. I think I might try to clone it out, but my photoshopping skills are not great, but could use the practice.
The B+W looks good also but i want color for this one.


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Oct 21, 2011 18:25 |  #14

I think the original looks fine. Theres no way someone can expect you to make the cat move 10 feet to the right to get the " perfect " shot.

However that first edit is damn near perfect. Theres no way anyone would know you edited it without looking at it. Both very much acceptable in my view!


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Oct 21, 2011 20:37 |  #15

Very nice image, even with the limb. Agree it's over sharpened.

Content aware delete does a pretty good job getting rid of that limb but the edit posted is quite good.


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