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Old Dec 12, 2010, 1:25 PM   #11
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Excellent shot. John!
And perfect redo, Harriet!

Life's a breeze on a Goldwing...
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Old Dec 12, 2010, 2:39 PM   #12
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The background is one I just happened to have around - however, the original has a sky and surfer off to one side. I just cropped out everything but the water and resized it to fit your bird.

I don't normally do this type of thing (relocating objects/merging two photos like this), so I don't think I'm likely to develop a library of possible background shots. I'll mostly use ReMask how I normally use layer masks is to process two different parts of a photo differently (i.e., if my lens has harsh bokeh, I can process the subject sharply and then process the oof background with more blur, use separate layers and then adjust the layer mask if I make a selection mistake).

On the other hand, I love travel photography so I probably do have all sorts of possible shots I could use, or use parts of.
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Old Dec 13, 2010, 6:29 AM   #13
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What a great job photographing a really tough bird!

Our cormorants are so shy as to be almost unapproachable. And even on the rare occasions when we can get close enough for a fair photo, their colors are so hard to capture accurately.

Very interesting background change by Harriet!
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Old Dec 13, 2010, 10:23 PM   #14
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thats very good detail in the birds feathers
i find black birds a challenge to get right

i like the water background it is more natural and less distracting
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