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By Hazelmouse  
OK so the horizon is way off. If I straighten it I lose the right flipper.

Is there any solution to this?

Unfortunately taken in the early morning in really dull conditions so using a high ISO (1600) to catch movement.

I am also inclined to convert it to black & white as there was so little colour, do you agree?

Tags: Mexico Humpback whale Wildlife and nature Megaptera novaeangliae

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9 May 2011 7:58PM
What a wonderful series you have given us,keep em coming Wink

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whipspeed Plus
13 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
9 May 2011 8:53PM
Just added a quick modification for you. Pm me if you need to know any more.
Jestertheclown 9 7.6k 252 England
9 May 2011 9:06PM
Hi Helen,
I've uploaded a quick mod. which will give you some idea of the effect you could get if you were to take a bit more time over it than I did!
I extended the canvas to the right, then using the rectangular marquee tool, I copied and pasted lumps of the sea from elsewhere being careful to use bits that would look as if they were a continuation of the existing wavetops etc. Then just some cloning, dodging and burning, a little tweak or two with the blur tool to hide the joins. I altered the colour simply by using "auto tone" and finally sharpened it again.
With more time, it would be easy enough to make a better job of the joins. As it is, they're still visible and the colours don't quite match either. All things that could ber put right if you wanted to.
The sky doesn't look too clever either although I think that that's the way it was in the original and my altering the colours has just made it more obvious.
As I've said, I did this pretty quickly but the steps I took could be repeated and if you took a bit more time over it, you'd end up with a pretty impressive image.
Hope this helps.
All done in CS5.

banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3768 Canada
10 May 2011 1:17AM
What a fantastic opportunity youve had, and a decent shot too.

First thing as mentioned above is straighten; then reduce noise, - I used Noise Ninja in the mods.

Then either way works. The original is as it was, - dull and gray, - so its accurate; and a mono works too, though a straight mono will also look dull and grey. I have uploaded 2 mods, - the second is a warm grey duo toned mono.

Bren has addressed how to crop without losing the flipper, - if you need more assistance or have questions just ask.

Hope this helps,


10 May 2011 4:26PM
Many thanks for the mods and help. I need to have a go at the suggestions myself.

I knew the sky was noisy - ISO 1600 is not good but all I could use - weather improved immnsely later that day but Humpbacks weren't active.

I love the idea of 'lumps of sea' but know what you mean Bren.


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