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Gliding
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Gliding
Gliding

Sandhill crane gliding past fall tamarisk (salt cedar)
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Background blurred in Photoshop using motion blur (see discussion for details)

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  Gliding - original background
Gliding - original background
Same as Gliding but without the blurred background.
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Pamela K
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    I blurred the background to reduce the complexity which was interfering with the crane.

To blur the background, I made a duplicate layer of the entire photo, selected the crane using the magnetic lasso and lasso, erased the crane off of the top layer, and applied a motion blur to the background. I erased the crane to avoid having the crane's edges blurred.

Here is what the background would look like without the blur.

Pam

11/30/2006 10:49:20 AM

 
Cary Rogers
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Very nice work, Pam! A wonderful capture of this beautiful bird made even more effective by use of the motion blur! and Thanks for sharing your technique!

11/30/2006 11:00:05 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Outstanding work Pam! Your blur tool really did the trick and making this an amazing image; Great job! Jeff

11/30/2006 11:53:44 AM

 
Linda McLellan
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This is very nice and how kind of you to explain how you achieved this! I do appreciate this so that I can try new techniques also.

11/30/2006 12:16:32 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Great job!

11/30/2006 12:44:26 PM

 
Ronald F. Fischer
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Awesome capture and PS work, Pam!! Thank you so much for sharing the technique!

11/30/2006 12:50:01 PM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
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Pam,

I think you have another winner on your hands! I even made my husband come look at it. lol.

Shawn

11/30/2006 1:38:55 PM

 
Christina C. Moore
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Simply wonderful! I hope it wins.

11/30/2006 2:45:58 PM

 
Jessica L. Richard
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wow, great capture and ps work!

11/30/2006 3:52:23 PM

 
Paul  G  Slate
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Wow Pam Awsome job !!!

11/30/2006 4:49:37 PM

 
Karacan Salkuci (Kalacay)
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Wonderful image.

12/2/2006 6:16:39 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Cary, Jeff, Linda, Ellen, Ronald, Shawn, Christina, Jessica, Paul, and Kara!!!!!!!! I'm glad you all enjoyed this image. It was a lot of fun creating it!

Pam

12/2/2006 7:55:17 PM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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awesome. I like your tip about erasing ..

12/4/2006 3:21:49 AM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Laura!!! Glad I could help!

Pam

12/4/2006 8:09:58 AM

 
William88 
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Awesome picture. The motion blur is really wonderful for this image!!

12/4/2006 4:26:50 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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Awesome capture, Pam!!! I love both versions but I think the motion blur is a winner! Great job!

12/4/2006 6:31:34 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you William and Sharon!!!!

12/4/2006 10:01:24 PM

 
Diane Dupuis-Kallos
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Wow - I love both versions! Very well done Pam!

12/27/2006 12:19:57 PM

 
Marc J. Quine

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great pics, I like em both

12/28/2006 9:22:54 AM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist. Good luck in the next round.

12/29/2006 11:18:25 AM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
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Pamela,

Congratulations on your finalist!

12/29/2006 11:20:45 AM

 
Cathy M. Gromball
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Congratulations on this wonderful finalist, Pamela!

Cathy :)

12/29/2006 12:22:36 PM

 
Wendy S. Mogul
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Wow outstanding work in blurring the backround! it adds so much to the shot!
Great work and congrats on the finalist! Good luck!

12/29/2006 12:37:01 PM

 
Cindy Cone
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Congrats on this well-deserved finalist! Great work!

12/29/2006 12:44:14 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Great action capture, congratulations!

12/29/2006 2:23:05 PM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats on your excellent Finalist!! Jeff

12/29/2006 6:50:26 PM

 
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Using a Photoshop tool in a perfect way.

12/29/2006 9:23:59 PM

 
William88 
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Congratulations on this wonderful finalist!! Good luck in the next round.

12/29/2006 10:34:00 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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Congratulations, Pam!!! I knew the judges would ilke this one!

12/30/2006 3:13:24 PM

 
Rohit Khisti
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Congratulations on this wonderful finalist!!

Dear Pam, I feel you have slightly increases the sharpness of the crane. If it is, how did you do that? Any free plugin if you know?

Wish u all the best for your future ahead.

1/8/2007 6:45:37 PM

 
Pamela K
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Thank you, Diane, Marc, Kay, Shawn, Cathy, Wendy, Cindy, Donna, Jeff, William, Sharon, Rohit, and the Judges!!!

Rohit, in the two photos posted here, the crane is actually exactly the same. I didn't change the sharpness after blurring the background. However, I do always slightly increase the sharpness of all my photos after sizing them down for BetterPhoto. When you reduce the pixels, the sharpness decreases a bit, so I use Unsharp Mask in Photoshop. If you have Photoshop, it's under the Filters menu under Sharpen. Just be careful not to oversharpen because it makes your photo look fake.

Pam

6/5/2007 9:02:20 AM

 
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