Photoshop Hanky Panky? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Photoshop Hanky Panky?

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This image was created at 6:44 am on the early morning of June 5, 2013 on Great Gull Island with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. ISO 400. Evaluative metering -2/3 stop: 1/2500 sec. at f/7.1 in Manual Mode.

One sensor below and two to the right of the central sensor/AI Servo Surround/Rear just below and behind the tern’s eye active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Roseate Tern

The main reason that I made the trip to Great Gull Island was to photograph Roseate Tern. Why? How many folks do you know who have had a chance to photograph this endangered species?

Photoshop Hanky Panky?

If you can detect any evidence of Photoshop hanky panky, please leave a comment and state your case. Let us know if you think that I have removed a bird or birds or a rock or rocks from the background. How about a rope or a wooden structure? Might I have replaced the bird’s eye or even worse, its whole head? Do you see any funky looking pixels or evidence of sloppy Clone Stamp Tool work? Be sure to click on the image to see the larger version as you gather evidence of excessive manipulation.

In any case, please let us know by leaving a comment. I will tell all and share the original capture in two days.

Help Keep Great Gull Island Open For Terns!

This spring crews are continuing to fight vegetation and to rebuild most of the blinds to be ready for the terns when they arrive. 31 of 34 blinds, many already in dire need of repair, were finished off by Hurricane Sandy. Crews are ready to help with both of these projects, but the GGI Project needs funds to purchase lumber and equipment. Contributions of all sizes are both welcome and appreciated AND are tax deductible! Please make checks payable to: AMNH, and send them to:

Great Gull Island Project/AMNH, Department of Ornithology, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

Kudos to Julianna Barrett (UCONN) and Suzanne Peyton (USFWS) who obtained grants to expand the Roseate Tern terraces and rebuild the observation blinds but more help is always needed. Not to mention that the GGI’s best-ever dock that was completed in 2010 was totaled by Sandy. The project is looking to FEMA for help but as above, any and all donations would be greatly appreciated.

You can learn more about Great Gull Island here and visit the GGI Blog here.

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11 comments to Photoshop Hanky Panky?

  • I may be totally off but I think something was done to the background, additional blur or something. Something removed and then blurred to “soften: the evidence. There are some tiny indicators at he top of the rock, below the tale of the bird, in front of the foot and the section in front of the bird look a bit worked on, which I believe could support my claim. In any case…excellent work, I think.
    If you would not be insisting that there was anything done in photoshop it would surely pass unnoticed.

  • Hi Artie,

    Hate to be too critical on my first time commenting on the blog, please forgive me, but, I would expect you to tell me to remove the blurred rock in lower right, remove the green blotch in upper left, crop it down a little from the top, and crop it in a little from the left. That’s all 🙂

    P.S. I still can’t copy/paste anything from your blog or website.

    Mike

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Mike, Thanks for stopping by. But it seems that you did not read the blog post as you did not answer any of the questions that I posed. Here is what I wrote:

      If you can detect any evidence of Photoshop hanky panky, please leave a comment and state your case. Let us know if you think that I have removed a bird or birds or a rock or rocks from the background. How about a rope or a wooden structure? Might I have replaced the bird’s eye or even worse, its whole head? Do you see any funky looking pixels or evidence of sloppy Clone Stamp Tool work? Be sure to click on the image to see the larger version as you gather evidence of excessive manipulation.

      In any case, please let us know by leaving a comment.

      That’s all on that.

      As far as copying stuff from the blog, you can cut and paste the text one section at a time by right-clicking after you select text to copy. You cannot cut and paste or copy any images as those are right-click protected.

  • avatar Mike Vanecek

    Quick look on iPad. Slight halo around bird especially legs? I’ll look at it closer in CS6 later.

  • avatar marty silverstein

    Hi artie,
    I don’t notice any hankie or pankie, but I do see some color bleed from the legs. Nice capture though.
    Marty Silverstein.

  • Great image. Can’t see evidence of any “hanky panky.” My eye wants to see the bird just a tad bit higher in the frame, which makes me wonder if there was more in the frame originally? Though I suspect not.

    Must tell you that our recent house guest Jamie Thom from Johannesburg, South Africa, saw your book “The Art of Bird Photography” in our guest room and commented it was the most well-organized and thorough book on bird(wildlife) photography he had ever seen. He won the Eric Hoskings award in 1998 and the overall “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” award (BBC) in 1999.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks for sharing that nice info. Good to see that your husband is now allowing house guests.

      • avatar Becky Field

        You are welcome to visit us in Long Lake, MN any time – lots of space. :o) Housing a bit too tight in S.B.