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I am by no means a computer genius and my photoshop skills are a little limited also. I tend to learn the techniques needed to achieve the results I am seeking. One such technique I have never mastered is masking to remove complicated objects or to change backgrounds for creative reasons. Recently Topaz Labs introduced Remask 3 which really simplifies the masking process. To find out more about this useful plugin click here. I have posted a couple of before and after examples of how this plugin was used to improve the photos.

In the Mallard drake images below I have always loved the pose of this duck as it came in for a landing on the frozen water of Lake Ontario in Toronto, but the white band of snow on the ice is very distracting and has always annoyed me. After masking the Mallard I was able to easily clean-up the distraction.

Before Remask 3

After Remask 3

The Brown Pelican (Atlantic Phase) below was photographed several years ago in Cuba on the island of Cayo Largo in the Caribbean Sea. I have always enjoyed this Pelican’s humorous pose, but the out-of-focus boat in the background simply ruins this image. After applying a mask using Remask 3 I was very pleased at how the software handled the fine feather details at the back of the pelican’s head. With the mask on a separate layer I was now able to remove the boat simply and efficiently.

Before Remask 3

After Remask 3

(I also rotated the image slightly and moved the bird to the right a little for compositional reasons)

 

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It has been awhile between posts, due to renovation projects at home. I have also been busy preparing a large selection of imagery for clients – no time to shoot new stuff. As I was preparing my images I came to these two and thought I would share them.
A few years ago I was on Cayo Largo, a small island off the South coast of Cuba, which has a healthy population of cooperative Cuban Iguanas. While I was framing the above Iguana it suddenly displayed threatening behaviour towards another Iguana. I shot and hoped for the best. The Iguana image below, however, is my favorite, due to the primitive/prehistoric look of this large male.

Many of the small islands in Cuba, such as Cayo Largo or Cayo Guillermo, are very quiet, safe places to visit with many great photographic possibilities, particularly around the mangrove wetlands.

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