There is a photo I took of a tree at Eugenia Falls that I really liked, but I couldn’t figure out how to process it to make it look as good as I thought it could. The problem was that the tree roots that cascade over the edge of the cliff were almost the same colour as the underlying rock.
I have been on this tear recently where I have removed the background from a number of photos to improve the composition. Usually it was in instances where the background overpowered the subject because it was busier, louder or more colourful. This time I wanted to remove it because it was so similar. Easy decision to make, but the execution was painful. How painful? Would you believe two full days of making the mask? When the tones are so similar, I discovered none of the usual helpful masking tools would work. This one was done by hand at high magnification. But I think the result was worth it: