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Old Dec 30, 2004, 12:52 PM   #11
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Bobbyz,

Here is almost the same shot, but had less of the tree in it. I got rid of the tree with the clone tool in Elements 3. Probably would look better after more practice.
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Old Dec 30, 2004, 2:31 PM   #12
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Those are some pretty nice shots for a cloudy day. I am impressed with the good color saturation in the feathers. It is tough to sneak up on these guys. You pretty much have to let them come to you. And that almost never happens. Lucky day for you, congrats. Say, I am impressed with the tree removal. I am going to have to learn to clone out obstacles in Elements I have several shots of ducks that are marred by a lone cat tail or other stem protruding right into the middle of an otherwise nice shot.
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Old Dec 30, 2004, 4:00 PM   #13
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Thanks smac,

I'm finding the clone tool can come in very handy for various things. My wife and I were shocked when the bird landed about twenty yards in front of us. He actually walked towards us (we were in a bird blind) before he took off. Definitely a special day for us.
Here's the before clone tool shot. This is an example where cropping wouldn't cut it.
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Old Dec 30, 2004, 6:56 PM   #14
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I think you did a good job of removing the tree. I was looking in my version of Elements and can't seem to find a Clone tool. I have Elements 3.0 for the Mac. There is a clone stamp tool. But, that doesn't seem to be the right thing for removing objects. Unless I just don't understand what you do with that tool. I'll read the (gasp) manual and see what I can come up with. Anyway I think you got some really terrific shot of the Heron. Fun stuff eh?
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smac, that is the tool. You have to set it by using the alt key on the area youwant to duplicatebefore cloning.
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Really nice shots. I like the second one because of the walking.
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Old Dec 31, 2004, 1:45 PM   #17
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Thanks woodmeister,

Here is another walking one. By the way, I was at your website yesterday. Very nice. We are from Bucks county, PA.
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Nice effort with cloning out the tree. I am not good in doing that.

Today I was taking some wideangle shots at my local park and I saw a GBH peak from the tree top nearby. BUt by the time, I changed my lenses and pointed at it, it decided to take off.
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