By Russ Burden – TakeGreatPictures.com
Learn how to move objects using Photoshop in this month’s tutorial.
Mount Evans is a world class destination to photograph mountain goats and other species of wildlife. I’m lucky to live an hour and a half away from this great location so I try to get up to the summit a few times a year to capture the goats. At 14,000 feet, the wind is hardly ever calm. Near the summit is a small tarn. In all the trips I’ve made to photograph the wildlife, it’s rare to see it still. Compounded with this rarity is the few times I’ve seen it still, no animals ever showed up. Well serendipity occurred one morning this year and just about every piece fell into place. The one part that didn’t materialize was the two goats never got close enough to the water. I was hoping for less scree between them and their reflection. Hence, this month’s Photoshop Tip of the Month.
I like the capture of the mountain goats along with their reflections, but all the while I was pressing the shutter, I so wanted them to get closer to the water. It would have eliminated much of the spacing between them and their reflection and resulted in a tighter composition. I still made a number of photos as I knew I would apply the technique covered in this month’s PS Tip. It would have been better if it all came together in the field, but so goes the life of a nature photographer. Additionally, the image now falls into a photo illustration as opposed to one that is truly natural.