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Female lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

I’m gettin’ good

How I Did It

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For some reason I have this infatuation with wildlife that is either yawning, eating, grooming, or just letting that lazy tongue have a little look-see. At the San Diego Zoo Safari Park this past weekend, the three lions were up close and personal, about two inches away (or whatever the thickness of the glass is). I got what I thought was a great photo of one of the female lions:

Female lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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There is not too much that is right with that picture — the lion gets lost in the background; there are flies at the corner of its mouth, on its tongue and on the top of its nose; there’s no contrast between the lion and the background…. Aaack!

Remembering what my wise old grandmother always said as she put together her photo albums and scrapbooks — “What comes out of the camera is just the basics to start with!” — I first went to Lightroom because I know it better than Photoshop. I didn’t really get anything much better.

Female lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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In trying to get some contrast between the lion and the background, the color cast got shifted. On to Photoshop.

After first working in Adobe Camera Raw, I got a little better contrast and color cast. At that point I took the resulting picture into Photoshop. After duplicating the picture, I applied a layer mask and then highlighted everything around the lion. Then I simply converted the background to black & white. Once that was done, I used a combination of the healing brush, the patch brush, and the clone tool to get rid of the flies.

Photoshop has an excellent feature called Content-Aware. After highlighting the flies, I simply hit the delete key. Photoshop doesn’t actually delete the flies. Instead it fills the area where the flies are, so up pops a Fill window with some options. The option I wanted was Contents, Content-Aware:

Content Aware

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All of that gave me the result that I was looking for, and which the LCD screen in the bright sunshine at the Park indicated I had, but didn’t:

Female lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Whaddaya think?

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Garden turtle

The week in review (7-23-12 to 7-29-12)

Out & About

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Some of my favorite pictures from this past week.

The house I inspected on Monday is under the tent on Friday:

Tented house

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Sometimes fine, furry, four-legged friends welcome me to home inspections, not always with a welcoming smile:

Fine, furry, four-legged friend

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Early fall colors:

Early fall colors

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Rope swing in a park near the house shown in the first picture (brought back childhood memories):

Rope swing

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The view from one of the homes I inspected this past week:

Sweetwater Reservoir

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A home that I did not inspect, other than admiring the green roof:

Hobbit House

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Best water fountain of the week:

Water fountain

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Best garden sculpture:

Garden sculpture

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Best garden animal:

Garden turtle

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Best picture from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, two mule deer fawns looking for their mom:

Mule deer fawn

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Time to go:

Time to go

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