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Old 02-26-2016, 09:48 PM
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getting rid of light source in pic artifacts

I photographed a lighthouse at the end of a pier at twilight. The red light atop the lighthouse, instead of flaring & gradually feathering into the sky, has formed a fairly hard circle.
Any suggestions how best to make it a more natural, realistic, blend into the sky?

Attached is a small jpeg (original is Raw) of an image section cropped out of the entire frame.
It was shot on M43, 43mm (85mm equivalent), hand held, f2, 1/60, 1600iso.
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Old 02-26-2016, 10:46 PM
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Re: getting rid of light source in pic artifacts

A bit of healing/DNB combo, and then even out the color. Even now, the flair is much less noticeable in b&w.
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Old 02-27-2016, 06:21 AM
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Re: getting rid of light source in pic artifacts

I would recommend some cloning and painting with brush opacity settings pretty low. I would say no more than 40%.
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Old 02-27-2016, 07:40 AM
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Re: getting rid of light source in pic artifacts

An alternative select the glow area, duplicate and add a good amount of Gaussian blur (as you deem fit) to get rid of the defined edge of the glow. Paint on mask to reveal rails etc
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:05 AM
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Re: getting rid of light source in pic artifacts

@Tony W
I like that result.
Do you make a selection of only the 'hard' line within, or on the outside of the entire red glow area.
And do you do this on a duplicate layer?
Thannks
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Old 02-27-2016, 09:01 AM
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Re: getting rid of light source in pic artifacts

Pretty much most of the glow and copied to its own layer. Added blur, then a mask to the layer to allow painting back the rails. It may also look a little better if some of the blur is mask away at the centre to allow a little more yellow throuhg
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Old 02-27-2016, 09:05 AM
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Re: getting rid of light source in pic artifacts

Way to go Tony. I would keep the glow though as 'dark' lights don't really make sense; the strong highlights on the rails give the game away.
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Old 02-27-2016, 09:48 AM
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Re: getting rid of light source in pic artifacts

Thanks. I'll give it a whirl.
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