…and now you don’t! I guess April Fool’s is a good day for a photographer to confess to some Photoshopping. :)
I was photographing the Sandhill Crane colts at the Circle B Bar Reserve last weekend. I set my camera to the fastest frame speed, which I don’t often do, because I don’t need to waste my camera shutter or my post-processing time on images that are virtually identical. But the little cranes were moving around quickly, and I wanted to catch their little wing-flaps, so I switched into high-speed mode. Then they just stood there (of course).
But it turned out to be a good thing that I was in high-speed mode with multiple frames of the birds. I had a shot that I loved of the two colts standing together. But Mom’s feet were in the way. I don’t object to Mom’s feet being in the picture when I see her head, too, but when it’s just her legs, I find them distracting. Mom did me a favor, though, and moved a little between my shots. So I was able to combine the two pictures using Photoshop. I opened the two images as layers, added layer masks to both, and then painted out the legs. Then I merged the layers, used the Patch tool to smooth out the edges, and had a nice portrait of the little colts. One additional selective exposure adjustment in Lightroom made the left colt’s face a little lighter (I should have used fill flash, oh well!) There are some days when I really enjoy Photoshop, hehe! :)