Should I Lose the Tick?

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In the last week I have spoken to photographers about keeping it real and I have also seen people work on processing their images with new techniques they have learned.

So, today I am going to pick up on a series of posts I did last year where I asked your opinion on various images and whether certain elements add to the image or whether they should be cloned out.  

Whether right or wrong, we all know that it is possible, and easy, to clone out parts of an image but for me the interesting part is the conversation about whether to remove a distracting part of the image or not.  Even more so is the discussion as to why it should or should not be removed.

The image below shows a lioness with a whole lot of teeth.  

I shot this image full frame, of the lioness laying down on her side yawning, and then flipped the image to a portrait orientation.  Amazing how much more dangerous it looks when it’s presented in this manner but that’s a discussion for another time.

Have a look at the image.



Don’t you think that tick next to her eye is the most annoying tick ever?  I certainly did but… it was a part of the original scene so I decided to leave it in.

For the purposes of this post, check out what the image looks like without the tick.



Now, as with the previous posts I have a few questions I would like you to think of:

  • Would removing the tick be accepted?
  • If you did remove it, would you mention it?
  • Do you think removing the tick changes the images at all?
  • If this was your image would you loose the tick?


Before you answer take a few minutes to check out the previous posts where we discussed whether to loose a dead wildebeest, a tree or some powerlines.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts on this one.  Comments are open!

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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