Friday, June 22, 2012
SmugMug Daily Link
I had the opportunity to take a few pics in Donnie's yard yesterday. His purple and white butterfly bushes are blooming nicely, and I chased several varieties of butterflies and bees. My daily is a Common Buckeye although it looks far from common to me. I must confess that I have fixed the butterflies' lower left wing injury in the photo I posted as my daily. See below for a cropped but unfixed image.
To make this fix, I saved a copy of the original photo. I brought up both the copy and original in PSE7. I did a horizontal flip on the copy and then used the quick select tool to select the corresponding undamaged area on the the wing and copy it to a new layer. I slid the wing layer over to the original butterfly and fit it into place like a puzzle piece rotating it a bit and stretching it a tad. I had to clone out a small section of the torn wing with the green background. I merged the piece layer and the original layer and did a tad more clone work to blend any seams.
Here's a dragonfly shot from Donnie's yard too. Love the green body color!
Two yellow Eastern Tiger Swallowtails were also on the butterfly bushes, but both had torn wings with more damage than I could repair.