The ‘before’ image has its merits, but I wanted an image without the bars of the cage.
I ‘removed’ the bars using the Healing Brush tool in Photoshop. It took a while, but it wasn’t a huge task.
It was made easier because of the fairly repeatable pattern of the owl’s feathers, which meant there was usually somewhere to clone the bits I wanted.
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