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Old Dec 16, 2006, 3:44 PM   #11
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I liked it very much, so I took the liberty of fiddling in Photoshop with the picture of the pelican. Helps or hurts ??

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Old Dec 16, 2006, 4:08 PM   #12
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Hey! That's exactly what I was trying to do. How did you do that? I like it.

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Hey! That's exactly what I was trying to do. How did you do that? I like it

I took the coward's way out.

First of all, let me start by saying that I'm a relative newbie at all of this. I got my first DSLR, a K100D in August, Photoshop CS2 about two weeks ago, and a K10D about the same time. So the approach I used is probably not the way the 'pros' would do it, but if you like it, I would say it has helped.

I started off by trying all the global setting adjustments, but I ran into more or less of a brick wall, as I suppose you did.

Then I bit the bullet, and carefully selected out the pelican, first with the magic wand, and then with the elliptical marquee, then with further enlargement, the lasso tool, all the time adding (or subtracting) from the total selection.

Next I did an inverse selection, so I could work on the background ONLY. With adjustments in levels, shadows/highlights, etc. the rest was relatively straight-forward. Deselect. save, and that's it.

It was crude - others would have probably used adjustement layers (?) at minimum - but the result, IMO, was not bad.

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Your "Ruddy Duck" is actually an immature or female bufflehead.:idea:

They are usually very hard to get close to. Good job!


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