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Old Feb 16, 2009, 10:21 PM   #11
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With the first one, I first used Lightroom2. I made two virtual copies of the same photo, left one alone (the underexposed one), then I did one where I adjusted the exposure to where I liked the bird. The third one I adjusted the exposure for the reflection. I think I used the brush tool to lighten just the bird on the middle one.

Then I selected all three and chose to edit>open as layers in Photoshop. That brings up photoshop and automatically creates layers for each version. I think I put the lightest one on the bottom, then the darker one, then the one adjusted for the bird. I think I used a layer mask to block out all but the bird, then I think I adjusted the opacity a bit to let the darker layer show through just a bit (I know i played around with that a bit but don't remember if that's what I ultimately decided I liked). I merged those two layers, then added another layer mask to block out just the shadow from the upper layer. It's much the same principle that you use, except that I use layer masks instead of erasing the layers (I can make changes if I want, put back in things I accidentally erase). And using Lightroom to do the initial exposure adjustments is quick, and then putting the layers in one document is automated, rather than doing it by hand (much faster).

I only used two layers with the second one.
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Old Feb 16, 2009, 11:19 PM   #12
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Nice job working with layers Harriet, it really brings out the fine detail in the feathers.

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Very nice Harriet. Thanks for posting and methodology.

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Old Feb 17, 2009, 9:52 AM   #14
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Thanks for the compliments. One other thing I forgot to mention - when you use Lightroom to open the shots as layers in Photoshop, it will automatically create the new document in 16 bit color. To save as a jpg you'll need to change the mode to 8 bit. If you try to save it without doing that, you won't see jpg as an option (didn't realize that at first - surprised not to see jpg as an option when I first tried it).

The other nice thing I noticed is that I did a "save-as" in Photoshop (chose a different name and folder location) it automatically imported the new file into Lightroom.
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