I am not someone who alters my images a lot of the time, however for certain images I do at times attempt to alter backgrounds when I think they distract from the main subject. And of course i do apply sharpening and various other tonal adjustments when I think it is neccesary. i was interested in feedback on an image I recently took at Lake Clarendon in the Lockyer valley of a Grey-crowned Babbler. I must confess I was quite pleased with the original image and here it is shown with the original background in place including the tree.
Image one is essentially the original image - I missed a smidgeon of the tail feathers at the extreme top end and cloned in a tad of white feather. Other than tonal adjustments and a small crop the image is un-changed including the tree.
In the second image I decided to remove the tree and a few other areas - this was achieved by use of the clone tool, blur tool and the median filter. I also applied a slight warming filter to the background. Cropped again. Slightly different clone of the tail feather.
The third image was an attempt to change the background to a sky like one - cloning from image two and then a cooling filter and some tonal adjustments applied and cropping. Slightly different clone of tail feather as well
Ive wondered which was the most pleasing outcome and am stil undecided. My wife has no doubt that the original with the tree in place is the best and that the tree does not distract.
I was interested in feedback or comment on this... positive or negative happily taken!
Hopefully as well a help in what can be achieved in Photoshop either seriously or just for the fun of the exercise.
Im far from an expert!