It’s often difficult to separate the subject being photographed from its background, especially when that background involves numerous tree branches and leaves that distract glaringly from the subject.
A male House Finch posed for several minutes on the tree outside my porch window, but even though I thought he was in the clear, the photos looked cluttered with excess numbers of twigs, stems, and branches.
So I decided to improve on getting rid of unwanted features in photos, and put some of the power of Photoshop Elements to work that I hadn’t used much.
I’m not a fan of highly manipulated photos, but sometimes it’s fun to see what it could look like, with better shooting conditions. Which type of photo do you like best?
The House Finches are definitely feeling spring-ey and are singing up a storm, even if the cardinals are just half-hearted about it. The male finches seem particularly bright red these days, as their hormones rev up. I assume the outer duller portions of their fall molted feathers have finally worn off to show their rosy glow.