Living In The Ruins - The Feathered Dweller Of MacDuff Castle (East Wemyss,Scotland)

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    I took this photo in 2009 during a pleasant afternoon walk around the ruins of MacDuff Castle in East Wemyss, Fife.

    This beautiful little character was sitting up in the ruins like a statue when we discovered him and he maintained this excellent pose while I snapped away.

    I posted this photo on here a good while back, filed it under 'job well done', patted myself on the back and thought nothing of it but after obtaining a copy of the excellent 'Topaz Adjust' post-processing software with my birthday money, I decided to go back and give this old-favourite a new lease of life.

    POST PROCESSING - Firstly I ran it through Topaz to sharpen up the original image but I felt that the background was overpowering the bird and the interesting rocks in the foreground so I took it back into Photoshop and created a layer mask using the original image as a background. Using an opaque, feathered (no pun intended) brush I then took the unwanted edge off of the background. After that I decided that I liked the rocks in the top right so changed the brush colour from black to white and reintroduced the rocks sharpened in Topaz.

    Here's a link to the original so you can make the comparison :-

    1. Tim Poulton 55 months ago | reply

      What a beautiful little bird, love the post processing!

    2. Jeff Robinson - TX 55 months ago | reply

      Sweet HDR! Very well composed.

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    3. Grinlo 55 months ago | reply

      great capture! I thought only pigeons lived there :)

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    4. Glesgastef 55 months ago | reply

      Amazing shot !!! looks like a juv kestrel

    5. BeachsidePaul 54 months ago | reply

      Great work Andy. I'm learning that sometimes the shots I've relegated to the garbage have a way of coming back to haunt me. A little processing with what I've learned between then and now and, presto, a real photo. Thanks for sharing.

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