Roseate Spoonbill extreme makeover

The following Roseate Spoonbill picture is a composite of three different frames.

Roseate Spoonbills fighting for territory

Roseate Spoonbills fighting for territory at the Alafia Banks Rookery – Florida.

ISO 800 | f/5.6 | 1/1000 | Manual Mode w/ evaluative metering 0 EV | AI servo focus

This photograph was created with the Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM lens + 1.4 extender III, the Canon EOS 5D mark III, mounted on a Jobu Design Gimbal head, over the Manfrotto 190CX carbon fiber tripod. Have a look at the equipment I typically carry with me.

The photograph above is the result of the combination of three different frames. It took a lengthy optimization in Photoshop to make the necessary adjustments. See below an animated GIF with the picture before and after optimization.

Roseate-Spoonbill-animated

Can you guess the main steps? The big problem with the original capture was that the beak of the bird to the left was clipped by the wing of the bird to the right :( In addition, the head angle of the bird to the right was not the best to say the least. Many would have just sent this capture to the trash because of theses reasons. Not so fast! This is what I did:

1. Make a selection of the bird to the right and move further to the right

2. Replace the head of the head of the bird to the left with a complete head from the same bird in a different frame (same action set). It is always good to keep a few different captures from the same action for this very reason!

3. Replace the head of the bird to the right with a bird with a better head angle

4. Clean up the background and add canvas to the right to move the birds further to the left of the frame

Lots of work indeed!
That type of optimization is certainly not receivable in a big contest, but it makes for a very nice addition to the portfolio.

I also applied a couple of filters from the Color Efex Pro 4 plug-in of Nik Softwares. Follow our link to enjoy a 15% discount on the latter! :)

 

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