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Capturing the Philippines Eagle - Cage Bar removal with Photoshop

Hi everyone , the reason I produced this short blog was because there were many photographer friends that had asked whether the cage bars captured when I photographed the Philippines Eagle at Jurong Bird Park , Singapore could be removed EASILY ! The important word here was easily ha ha !

Well the answer is YES , now before I share a short video of how I did it , let me first put the photography aspect of the Philippines Eagle in perspective first.


The Philippine Eagle was in this large caged aviary which was probably 2 floors high or slightly higher. I photographed the Eagle which was perched at the highest level at about 10am (after the rain stopped). I was about 15 - 20 feet away from the cage and could NOT get any closer.

The equipment I used was the following:

- Nikon Z 6

- Nikkor 500mm f/5.6 PF + Nikkor TC-14EIII - this gave me an effective focal length of 700mm

- Hand-Held

My EXIF settings were as follows :

- ISO1250

- 1/400s

- f8.0


So here is a short screen capture video which I captured using Quicktime as I used Photoshop to post process the image file. It's a silent video of course !

You can see how the original capture of the eagle looked like , pretty horrendous if you ask me.

NOTE : there are MANY ways to remove the cage bars captured , so I am sharing just ONE of the techniques that I use which included how I prepared the file before using the BURN tool to "hide" the bars. I also showed a way how I remove the Bluish tint on the Eagle's face.

Sharing the FINAL VERSION of the image , I hope you like it. I tweaked the overall contrast a little more & cropped to the final composition using my cropping workflow.

REST OF THE PHILIPPINE EAGLE HIGHLIGHTS (from a single photography session)

This is ONE beautiful raptor ! Enjoy the following images.

Well , I hoped you liked this sharing & found it useful.

Hopefully the video gave you an idea of what could be done AND now that you know it is possible , GO photograph this lovely bird before they go home to the Philippines.

Till the next blog , Happy Shooting.



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