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Giraffe Sunset

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Giraffe Sunset
Giraffe Sunset
aperture f8, shutter 1/500, lens 200mm, location San Diego Zoo - Background is Lahaina, Maui
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Gunther Allen
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    Here are the original two photos


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6/15/2009 10:52:47 PM

 
Tiia Vissak
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beautifully done!


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6/16/2009 12:08:21 AM

 
Kirsten Kiki Kjaer
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Straight into my favs!!!!!! OH WOW! This is AWESOME, Gunther. Amazing and beautiful work.


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6/16/2009 12:13:34 AM

 
Tommy E. Burgess
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Outstanding composite Gunther!!


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6/16/2009 12:48:57 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Excellent - Great job with this Gunther!! Jeff


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6/16/2009 3:17:27 AM

 
Anne M. Young
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Fantastic! great work....


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6/16/2009 6:29:56 AM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thank you Anne, Jeff, Tommy, Kirsten, and Tiia! I had fun putting these together. I just imagined I was in Africa and how a sunset in the wild would look like! LOL - G


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6/16/2009 7:59:36 AM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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Very creative, beautifully done, Gunther!


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6/17/2009 7:52:22 AM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thank you Sabrina!


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6/17/2009 7:56:32 AM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thank you BetterPhoto for featuring this shot in your Digital Before and After! I should add that as I selected the giraffe I also color corrected and enhanced the lighting before placing it into the Sunset photo. I carefully erased the edges around the giraffe for any remanence of the old background. To help blend it into the new background I used the smudge tool to bring some of the background color into the edges of the giraffe's Skin/hair. I also took some of the sunset color and l placed a little reflection smear into the giraffe's eye to give it a little more reality. The smudge tool was also used to make the grass look more true to the new background by adding highlights. I'm glad you liked this one - I had a lot of fun with it!


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6/17/2009 8:07:37 AM

 
Evy Johansen
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Wow, Gunther!! This is awesome!! Wonderful work!!


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6/17/2009 8:26:32 AM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thanks so much Evy - coming from you the expert at this! I really admire your work.


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6/17/2009 8:34:43 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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So creative and beautiful Gunther. Excellent darkroom skills! Congratulations on your DD feature!


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6/17/2009 1:41:39 PM

 
Chris Ebben
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Great work here, no wonder BetterPhoto used it as an example for us all. Good one=^..^=


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6/17/2009 4:42:36 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Very beautiful end result, Gunther. I should take a look at the smudge tool. It looks like fun!

Usman.


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6/17/2009 10:28:37 PM

 
Chris Ebben
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I did Usman, I think I'll get a lot of use out of it=^..^=


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6/18/2009 12:18:08 AM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thanks for your comments Donna, Chris, and Usman! You can use the smudge tool like a paint brush. By setting the opacity level you can treat it as paint brush that is being applied with different pressure levels. If you use it at 100 percent the colors will smear together, but at about 15 percent the blend is very subtle. I forgot to mention that once you combine the two photos make sure that you flatten the layers together. Just make sure that you have cleaned the edges removing as much of the former background as you can! :-)


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6/18/2009 7:03:55 AM

 
Luigi Di Serio
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This is so cool! Thanks for the explanation on your tricks too.


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7/21/2009 3:22:38 PM

 
A P
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Cheerleaders

Congratulations on your outstanding Finalist, Gunther. Best of luck in the next round. You did AWESOME DD work on this capture and with that grass and hair I know it wasn't easy. Winner all the way and one for my favorite folder. Bravo!!


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7/21/2009 7:25:42 PM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thank you so much Ann and Luigi! I've got my fingers crossed! LOL


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7/21/2009 7:36:15 PM

 
Kelly S. Cavanaugh
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Amazing work, Gunther! Gorgeous! Congratulations!


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7/21/2009 9:39:27 PM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thank you Kelly!


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7/21/2009 10:35:06 PM

 
Kathy Cline
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I LOVE HIM GUNTHER IM PRAYING HE WINS!!


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7/22/2009 4:32:58 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Gunther on your Terrific Finalist! Jeff


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7/22/2009 7:57:56 AM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thank you Kathy and Jeff - Your well wishes has brightened my day!


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7/22/2009 8:56:00 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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CONGRATULATIONS, Gunther! Hope this gets into the winner's circle.

UB.


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7/22/2009 9:26:15 AM

 
Cheryl E. Molennor
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CONGRATULATIONS :)!


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7/22/2009 10:54:51 AM

 
Linda Blair
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Awesome work...congrats on your finalist!!!!!


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7/22/2009 4:18:28 PM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thank you Thank you Usman, Cheryl, and Linda! So much appreciated!


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7/22/2009 4:21:38 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Super finalist Gunther!

jo ann c.


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7/23/2009 8:08:06 AM

 
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