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Spirit Cranes

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Spirit Cranes
Spirit Cranes
Cranes fighting as the sun sets over the bosque; two photos with cranes silhouetted using overlay mode in Photoshop; both images taken at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge; See photo discussion for details on how this was done; Feedback greatly appreciated! This is my first digital creation... Thanks to all who helped me make my idea a reality!
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  Original of Cranes Fighting
Original of Cranes Fighting
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  Original of Sunset
Original of Sunset
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  Original selection of cranes
Original selection of cranes
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  Crane with legs
Crane with legs
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Pamela K
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    Ok, here's how it worked:
I started with a photo of two cranes fighting in the midst of a corn field surrounded by other cranes. I selected out just the two fighting cranes and put them on a green screen. The one on the right was missing his legs and belly because of other cranes that were in the way. I cut out the other crane's legs and used them to fix up the right-hand crane. Then I reduced the brightness and contrast to -100 and used levels to make the cranes black. I then used the overlay function to place the two cranes over the sunset photo.

The photos of my steps are attached.

Pam


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12/4/2004 12:32:54 PM

 
Phil S
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Pam,

I REALLY like your end result. I know you put lots of work into this photograph. I really like how it all blends together. Sure does not look like a "first" as it is very well done. I would be very proud of it!


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12/4/2004 12:42:48 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Phillip! I really appreciate your imput!

The one posted here was not quite my first attempt at this look, I had to tweak it, but I've never done anything like this in Photoshop before... combining two totally different pictures to come up with something new. I've only done stuff where the instructions were all cut and dry, like a fake polaroid transfer.

Glad you liked it!

Pam


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12/4/2004 12:47:19 PM

 
Diane Dupuis-Kallos
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Pam - the final result is great! Your hard work really paid off! Well done!
DDK


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12/4/2004 1:27:07 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, DDK! I really appreciated all your feedback during the process!

Pam


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12/4/2004 1:30:21 PM

 
Barbara Kehoe
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It looks beautiful Pam


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12/4/2004 3:54:58 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Barb!

Pam


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12/4/2004 3:56:40 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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This turned out to be a masterpiece, Pam!!! It's beautiful and striking!


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12/4/2004 4:59:29 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Sharon!!

Pam


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12/4/2004 5:04:13 PM

 
Eric Highfield
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Not much more that I can say , except no matter what happens with this photo, I think it's a winner, and I think YOU'VE won a whole lot more through the process of creating it. Congratualtions!


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12/4/2004 7:20:21 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Eric! I'm really pleased with how this turned out! Thanks for all your help! (And, yes, I definitely learned a lot!)

Pam


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12/4/2004 7:38:49 PM

 
Patricia A. Kuniega
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Exceptional work Pam! The final image is superb! Good luck with it in both venues!


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12/5/2004 5:34:20 AM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Pat!!

Pam


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12/5/2004 9:01:22 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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Congratulations big time, Pam!!! Fantastic finalist! Good luck next round!


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1/17/2005 10:33:12 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Sharon!!!

Pam


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1/17/2005 10:43:31 PM

 
Kip T. Berger
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Congrats again Pam!!!


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1/18/2005 1:33:23 AM

 
Diane Dupuis-Kallos
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Hooray Pam! All that hard work really paid off! COngrats!


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1/18/2005 2:45:38 AM

 
Darren K. Fisher
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Very creative job here, congrats and best of luck next round.


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1/18/2005 6:07:09 AM

 
Patricia A. Kuniega
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So great to see this here among the finalists, Pam! And to have experienced the process! Congrats and good luck!


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1/18/2005 6:28:05 AM

 
Paul Michko
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Congrats, Pamela.


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1/18/2005 6:36:25 AM

 
Karma Wilson
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I knew we'd see this one again. Congrats Pam!

Karma


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1/18/2005 7:37:40 AM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Kip, Diane, Darren, Pat, Paul, and Karma!!!! Thanks for all your help guys!

Pam


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1/18/2005 8:56:00 AM

 
Barbara Kehoe
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Congratulations Pam


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1/18/2005 12:14:56 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Barb!

Pam


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1/18/2005 1:01:41 PM

 
Debra Booth
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Wow! Fabulous finalist, Pam!


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1/18/2005 7:24:37 PM

 
Marilou Olejniczak
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Congratulations Pam! Beautiful workk!!


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1/20/2005 3:17:48 AM

 
Wally Orlowsky
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Congratulations on this awesome winner, Pam!


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1/20/2005 4:23:17 AM

 
Paul Michko
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Pamela, Congratulations on a terrific win.


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1/20/2005 4:43:44 AM

 
Janet Detota
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Way to go, Pam! Congratulations!!


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1/20/2005 5:14:12 AM

 
cj patterson
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CONGRATULATIONS PAM!!!


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1/20/2005 5:52:39 AM

 
Lisa Deaton
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Fantastic!!! Congrats on your win!!


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1/20/2005 7:38:33 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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Fantastic image, Pam!!! Big congratulations!


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1/20/2005 8:26:21 AM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Debra, Marilou, Wally, Paul, Janet, C.J., Lisa, and Sharon!!!!! I have brief email access and this was a great surprise!

Pam


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1/20/2005 8:32:03 AM

 
Audrea Telkamp
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Congratulations Pam!!!! Way To Go!!


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1/20/2005 8:37:12 AM

 
Julie Abston
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Congratulations, Pam!! This is a gorgeous image!!!


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1/20/2005 8:58:23 AM

 
Karma Wilson
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Congrats Pam! I remember this well.:-)


We're neighbors!

Karma


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1/20/2005 9:04:39 AM

 
Mellanie   

Congrats on this win, Pam!


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1/20/2005 2:07:17 PM

 
Wendy Stevenson
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Very cool composite Pam!! Congratulations on your win!!


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1/20/2005 2:55:01 PM

 
Debra Booth
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Congratulations, Pam!!


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1/20/2005 4:22:25 PM

 
Phil S
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Pam,

So neat to be part of watching this photo go from the very beginning to the gold! Congrats on a job well done and I know you put lots of work into this.


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1/20/2005 9:11:36 PM

 
Kip T. Berger
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Congratulations Pam! :)


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1/20/2005 11:44:18 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Audrea, Julie, Karma, Mellanie, Wendy, Debra, Phil, and Kip!!!!

Pam


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1/21/2005 4:18:48 PM

 
Eric Highfield
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A very BIG congratulations from me, Pam! I know you spent at least one sleepless night on it (maybe two?). I hope this is an omen...good luck with this image with the people at the Bosque!!!


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1/21/2005 8:01:07 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Eric!! And thanks again for spending most of that sleepless night helping me out! Haven't heard from the Bosque yet...

Pam


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1/21/2005 10:14:30 PM

 
Diane Dupuis-Kallos
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Congrats Pam on your well deserved win!! Your hard work really paid off!


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1/22/2005 7:22:54 AM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Diane!!

Pam


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1/22/2005 9:46:09 AM

 
Leonard Pierce
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Congratulations on your Second Place win Pam!!!


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1/23/2005 6:27:58 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Len!!!

Pam


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1/23/2005 8:21:13 PM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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This is a gorgeous photo! great job in ps!


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6/5/2005 10:47:26 AM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Laura!!

Pam


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6/5/2005 10:53:30 AM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on you win. Beautiful picture. You have lots of beautiful pictures in yoe gallery. Love the final result.


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6/20/2005 10:07:07 AM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you very much, Kay!! I'm glad you enjoyed my gallery!

Pam


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6/20/2005 10:46:47 AM

 
Taylor 
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That was very clever. Congratulations for the win.


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1/2/2006 11:04:43 AM

 
Linda L. Ruiz
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This is such a cool idea. I am going to have to try it. Awesome shot.


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6/7/2007 8:50:21 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Taylor and Linda!!

Pam


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6/8/2007 9:34:14 AM

 
Indrajit Hajra  

Magnificient job done pam...kudos to you.Great going..Congrats on your win.


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