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    Spotted this Black Shouldered Kite with a fresh kill (an Indian Robin) perched on a power line and was able take a few snaps before it flew away. Tried to remove the other wire by selecting/filling with content aware (100% opacity): this is only method I know/use to remove any unwanted things from background. But this time I was not very happy with the results.

    Can anybody suggest some better methods? By the way, other C&C on the image are also welcome. Here is the image:

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    Hello Bedanta, I used the Spot Healing Brush ( in Photoshop Elements 10 ) by picking the color of the sky to set the color and then working my way across the wire. After the wire was removed I used the Clone Stamp at an opacity of 40%, once again picking the sky color to blend the correction in.

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    Re: PP help required

    Hi Bedanta,

    Here is a try to remove the wire. I used the clone stamp tool, then selected the bird+wire and applied a bit of noise reduction (selected the bird to avoid affecting its sharpness).

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    Nice picture, by the way...

    Regards,

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    A really good photo. The kite's eye stands out wonderfully because of its sharpness and colour.

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    Very good quality image Bedanta - and some good cloning by Joe and Otavio.

    Dave

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    Re: PP help required

    Hi Bedanta,

    First of all, thanks for sharing your shot. So lucky you caught this fella with the prey in its grip. I did make a clone and improved the image as follows. What I did was I removed the distracting cable with patch tool as you mentioned. I brighten the blue background and the bird's chest including its prey slightly then I used dodge tool for the eye before sharpen. Cropped a little bit:

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    Last edited by Walj; 17th March 2013 at 04:35 PM.

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    Thanks a lot Joe, Otavio and Walad: excellent cloning job. Have not used the clone stamp tool before, it is the next thing to learn/practice.

    Bruce, Dave: thanks for the encouraging words. BSKs are one of the most beautiful raptors I have photographed.

    Walad: I like the way you have brightened the eyes. Thanks.

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