Showcasing My Subject

Sometimes I want to showcase a bird, flower or animal without the distractions in the background of the original image.

Rosella with Petal

Western Rosellas are not always the easiest birds to get close to, so I was happy to get this shot of one with a colour coordinated petal in its beak. There were too many leaves behind the bird, making the image cluttered. I cleaned up the background and added a texture for a more painterly feel.

I love the way the light falls on these two half-grown leopard cubs who were playing under a tree on the banks of the Chobe River. The bolder cub was jumping all over the shyer sibling, who waited patiently to be left in peace. The original background was very messy and distracting behind the cubs; deciding to replace it turned out to be a lot of work. The flying ducks and the tree are also from Chobe.

Leopard Siblings
White-fronted Bee-eater

A White-fronted Bee-eater seen in Chobe National Park, Botswana. I had a bit of a play with this image as the original background was terrible and didn’t do the gorgeous bird justice at all. The branch he is perched on was there though, and most of the background elements were taken on the same morning.