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    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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  • #2
    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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    • #3
      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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      • #4
        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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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            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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            • #7
              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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              • #8
                Re: getting rid of light source in pic artifacts

                Thanks. I'll give it a whirl.

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