Playing With My Photos
In early July I visited Costa Rica to take wildlife photographs. The setting for the photographs often made it difficult to get the shots I wanted. In some cases I was successful, in other cases not so much. The light was very contrasty, very bright spots in a very dark jungle. The animals were moving around from tree to tree and were very quick and were most often very high up in the tree. So, in this case, monkeys were not helping the photographers at all as they were mostly trying to hide from us standing below them. In this case I got a shot of the mom and baby with the baby looking at me and also a shot with the mom sort of turned looking at me, but I never got a shot with both of them looking at me. So, technology helped me to get the shot of both the mom and the baby looking toward me in one image. I took two separate images into Photoshop and merged the head of the mom in one shot into the overall photo (the second shot) of the mom and baby with the baby looking at me. When completed, I had both the mom and the baby in the same shot looking toward me. I was also able to tone down the very bright spots in the background by adding a light green background layer. I was happy with the end result.