Our yard is overrun with squirrels. Specifically, they’re Eastern Gray Squirrels – which, according to Wikipedia, are a ” prolific and adaptable species”, not only controlling our backyard but also taking over England and Ireland and wiping out their native red squirrel populations.
Lately, though, we’ve had a new squirrel in town – an American Red Squirrel. Even though its conservation status is “least concern”, it’s a species that was new to me the first time I spotted it about a month ago. So, over the month of April I kept an eye out for it, and grabbed my camera every time it showed… but it either didn’t stick around long enough for me to get a shot, or it was in an awkward place.
Yesterday, Red finally struck a pose for me on the rail of the back deck. Granted, he had his back end towards the house, but otherwise I had a late-afternoon-sun-drenched full length view. Finally!
Here’s the shot I got, completely unaltered:
You don’t have to look all that close to notice that in addition to the squirrel, my camera caught some bird droppings. Needless to say, they were a distraction and had to be removed.
This, of course, is where Photoshop comes in. There’s no “bird dropping remover” tool (yet), but there are some other nice tools to choose from. For this job, I chose the clone tool, which allows you to selectively replace bits of the photo with similar bits copied from another place in the same image. Here’s the final result (with a little bit of contrast added):
For you photographers out there: what’s your favorite tool or technique (Photoshop or other app) for removing unwanted stuff?