So I spent the day yesterday photographing cows and the Paniolos (cowboys) that herd them up. My wife is writing an article about them for a local paper and I was brought on to take the photos.
They had just gotten all of the brood cows and the calves rounded up into a pen to check their brands and assess general health and all that. I was standing up on the back of a truck to get a few shots of the herd from above.
I really liked this particular shot specifically because of the one cow loudly mooing at us in irritation. The only problem was all of the flies. They weren't so bad when all the cows were out in the pasture, but once they were all penned up and in close quarters, the local fly population converged into a nightmarish cloud. That meant that the shot could stay, but the flies had to go. And there were a lot of flies in the image!
So here it is. The most extensive use of the patch tool I have ever done. The removal of about a million flies! All done with the patch tool. The size of the images on here doesn't let you see really how many there were as well as the full size raw image, but you can still see in the before shot that it was a crap-ton of them. One hour and 20 minutes later, no more flies!
And darn it! right after posting this, I saw that I missed 3 flies! grrr... back into edit I go...