One of my toughest pic rescues ever (before & after)

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Steve S, Jun 18, 2005.

  1. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    I have to add this disclaimer that I'm only an advanced beginner in PS, so there was probably an easier, more time-efficient way of doing this :wink:

    As you can see in this untouched "before" shot, there was a lot of haze & unclarity in this pic, due to shooting through the fence. What I did was a very heavy "Local Contrast" treatment, then again on just the eyes, using a Quick Mask, with more saturation & contrast added to them as well. From there, I very lightly "painted" in my color where it was hazy or missing around it's ears. Also did a couple others things I've already forgotten about :oops: Spent a total of about 1 1/4 hrs on it, but am now fairly pleased with the results. I just couldn't let this pic go into the bin, since his intense stare was well worth saving imho. Your thoughts on this process?

    The before shot:

    The after shot:
  2. Steve

    What a remarkable improvement. I can see why you did not want to trash the image.

  3. F15Todd


    Feb 1, 2005
    Steve you did an awesome job. Your drawn right in to his eyes on that
    retouch. I can't wait till I get to my computer (if the movers haven't
    smashed it to pieces) and start editing mine.
  4. Now that's a cat!! Great job on the retouching, too!
  5. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Definitely worth the effort.
  6. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    The growl he made right after this shot,

    would've sent a chill down your spine. He was not at all happy with what I was doing, and would as soon have had me for dinner as look at me!
  7. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Outstanding work Steve.
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