This was a quick shot that started with Kat yelling “hey, come see this!” And yeah, it was worth going to see.
But when it came to processing the image, I discovered a nasty, time-consuming surprise that I had to deal with.
Dozens of them. Tiny ones. All over the shot.
There must have been a flock of starlings making its way through the shot. I could have left them in the shot, but when I sharpened the image it made the birds look like I had a bad case of dust on my sensor. Initially I thought they were dust spots, but to get that many showing up at F8 against a dark background would be crazy (usually they show up at around F16 to F22 or higher, and against a bright background.
So away they had to go using Lightroom’s spot healing brush.
How bad was the problem? This bad!
Each one of those is a bird I had to spot heal out of the image. And I kept finding more and more to deal with!
Bottom line though, the spot healing brush does a good job.