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Old Apr 22, 2011, 10:02 PM   #1
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Default Beluga Jamboree Snowmobile Races

I was home in Gander for the past couple of weeks due to my mother's passing away. When I arrived back at work the Beluga Jamboree had just ended but due to weather problems the major snowmobile race had to be postponed until Thursday so I managed to get these pictures.
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Old Apr 22, 2011, 10:31 PM   #2
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Awesome photos. My condolences to you and your family

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Old Apr 23, 2011, 10:42 AM   #3
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My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Mom.

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Hi Ira,

I'm very sorry to hear about your mom's passing.

Tuk obviously has a different idea of spring racing than we do around here. . .

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Sincere condolences on your Mom's passing.

Awesome shot of the Husky !
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I have been playing around with these images since I posted them and I think I am getting the hang of post processing. I did a lot back four or five years ago but lately I only experiment with new techniques. I found lots more detail in these images when I started working in PSE 6 over what I was getting with just Picasa. Picasa is a great tool for snapshot shooters but it really has trouble handling images that have greater challenges in dynamic range or that are somewhat soft to begin with. Sharpening in Picas has been improved but still cannot touch a good program like PS, PSE or PSP. here is a quick and dirty black and white to show what I mean. I need to work on the transitions between layers so that I can avoid the haloing I am getting now.
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Love the snowmobile pictures, very nice. It sure looks like everyone is having a good time, and I am sorry to hear about your loss - a very hard thing to deal with.

I've only used one version of PSE, and that one didn't have layer masks - does the current version have them? That's one thing that I've started using a whole lot - put a layer mask on a layer then use a brush set at something like 50% or such to "paint" over the part you want to smooth out edges that aren't easily selected.

Most recently I've been using Topaz Labs ReMask for doing selections for layering - really like how well it handles selections.
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My condolences to you and your family Ira, I love racing shots of any kind, great job on the red sled in the corner. Must be hard to get any speed blur in the bright snow setting, but you did got some.

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So sorry to hear of your mom's passing - my family will keep all your family in our prayers.

Some really fine photos of all the action, and of the "furry observer" as well!

Harriet - Not sure if the latest PSE includes layer masks, but there is a free add-on called "Grants Tools" that adds layer masks and a few other options to PSE 6 (version I use)
http://www.cavesofice.org/~grant/Cha...ols/index.html
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