So I have this photo. I see that yes I had to snap the picture before the fawns bounded off so there is a branch there. Would it be too difficult then to remove the branch? What tools might be used to do such a job? Also I am hearing that perhaps the discoleration is a smudge on the lens. Does that seem correct? Can something be done with the smudge thing without cropping anything?
So yes I am not in disagreement I am still curious though what you mean. You seemed to have removed the branch very well but I don't know how so that does not really help me the next time. What about the rainbow effect? So you say that that the labor would be great but how would it done even so?
There are numerous ways of doing this in Photoshop. All of them involve painting over the branch with one tool or another; in this particular case I used the clone stamp tool as a quick way of demonstrating one of many possible techniques. See the HELP files for more information, and do a Google search on such terms as Photoshop Clone Stamp Tool tutorials, or Photoshop Content Aware tutorials, or Photoshop Patch Tool tutorials..
To remove that massive rainbow, you'd also have to paint something else over it.
One can often remove flare by carefully and methodically using the Burn Tool, for example set to Shadows. When the flare is colored, it's often helpful to brush the Burn Tool over individual color channels to try to visually even them out. Then once you get the luminances kind of back in line, you can switch back to working on RGB (the color image) and colorize the remaining color flare out of the image.
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