Can this photo be saved?

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seilerbird666
seilerbird666 Senior Member • Posts: 1,101
Can this photo be saved?

I was at the zoo yesterday and I got an awesome shot of a Bengal Tiger yawning. Unfortunately it was ruined because I had to shoot through a chain link fence and I had to have my flash on. The chain link fence reflected back into the image and blew out the top part of the image. I tried fixing it with Lightroom and failed. I don't own Photoshop anymore. Does anyone think they can fix this guy for me? I would be eternally grateful. 

Chain link fence interference

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Patsy Murphy Senior Member • Posts: 2,290
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The best I could do.

Regards Patsym

Vernon D Rainwater Forum Pro • Posts: 13,191
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Patsy Murphy wrote:

The best I could do.

Regards Patsym

Patsy, a suggestion-- see Photo Notation of Nose.

Typo on Nose area.  USM should read 30-20-0

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Vernon...

Babine Veteran Member • Posts: 6,340
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RayGuselli
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Great takes so far...

Gave it a try

Best wishes

Ray

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RayGuselli
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YOU NAILED IT...great edit...

Any chance of a workflow please for future reference...that is excellent.

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Pixel Poetry
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Sorry to disappoint you but it's fake, I lowered the exposure as much as possible but it wasn't enough so I took some fur from a different area and pasted on top to cover up the flair.

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Patsy Murphy Senior Member • Posts: 2,290
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Thank you Vernon it certainly makes a very big difference, very much appreciated.

Regards Patsym

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Babine wrote:


Excellent Gary as usual now all you have to do is tell us all how you did it, lol

Regards Patsym

Jack Sofield Senior Member • Posts: 2,273
You still da man Gary. Great save. nt
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Babine wrote:

Would love to know how you did it too, Gary. Beautiful job.

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Pixel Poetry wrote:

Sorry to disappoint you but it's fake, I lowered the exposure as much as possible but it wasn't enough so I took some fur from a different area and pasted on top to cover up the flair.

- was thinking of doing the same....  nice work - you nailed it for sure as Ray pointed out.

seilerbird666
seilerbird666 OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,101
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Wow, great work guys and gals, thanks a million!

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Babine Veteran Member • Posts: 6,340
Thank you all. Here's what I did ..
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I first tried channel blending to see if any of them, in a darkening mode, would do the trick. Scratch that one so I started using curves adjustment layers on a duplicate. I firstly set a colour sampler on what appeared to be the darkest spot on the nose (black?) and brought each of the channels down to 45, inverted the mask and applied the darken effect with a soft brush. This not only darkened the light glare but dulled it too so before merging the curves layer down, I duplicated it, inverted it, changed the blend mode to Soft Light and applied this one in the same way. Again, before merging the adjustment layers down, I checked through Overlay, Hard Light etc. to see which gave the best contrast.

With the curves adjustment layers merged to the duplicate now, inverse unsharp mask applied the same way added to the dark/light contrast too.

I then used the quick selection tool and quick mask to make a selection of the beautiful cat and copied the selection to an alpha channel. This allowed for independent adjustments to the BG, i.e. blur, lighting .. whatever as well as applying sharpening, colour, etc, just to the cat.

My approach to most projects using masks is usually quite similar. Instead of making selections and applying a effect just to that selection, I prefer to apply them universally to a duplicate. The inverse mask and a soft brush method gives me much more versatility to control the amounts of the effect, positioning, feathering and choice of blend mode.

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RayGuselli
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Thanks Gary.....a very clever way of dealing with this problem and done so well.
all credit to you...

Best wishes

Ray

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Babine Veteran Member • Posts: 6,340
Cheers Ray. Just a few of so many approaches available in CS. nt.
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seilerbird666 wrote:

I was at the zoo yesterday and I got an awesome shot of a Bengal Tiger yawning. Unfortunately it was ruined because I had to shoot through a chain link fence and I had to have my flash on. The chain link fence reflected back into the image and blew out the top part of the image. I tried fixing it with Lightroom and failed. I don't own Photoshop anymore. Does anyone think they can fix this guy for me? I would be eternally grateful. 

Chain link fence interference

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My try...

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