Mask and adjust BCI levels

common chaffinch
Photo Information
Copyright: laurent crouzier (marmottelolo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1769 W: 424 N: 2889] (14697)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-03
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Edited by: Guy Castley (Greenie) Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 2 N: 17] (74)
Edited Image Upload Date: 2007-03-09 21:36:44
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Sigma 100-300
Exposure: 5.6, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Workshop Note
Hi Laurent

I had to agree with Paul about the branch in this shot as it was distracting with the branch but also the shadow in the photo. I have done the workshop on Paul's previous workshop submission (so I didn't have to remove the branch).

What I tried to focus on was clearing away the shadow that was left on the chafinch. I essentially masked out the shadowed portions (first the breast and then the neck) and adjusted the brightness contrast and intensity levels in this before doing some additional changes to the hue and colour saturation. Once completed I removed the mask and used a small cloning tool to remove the sharp edge created by the mask. I then applied a flood fill to the background to the left of the bird to remove some of the variable green patches.

All the edits were completedd using Corel Photo-paint but I'm pretty sure you'd be able to do something similar with Adobe.

Hope you like it.
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