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Pamela K level-classic 11/30/2006 10:49:20 AM

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 #565035

Cary Rogers 11/30/2006 11:00:05 AM

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! #3651114

Jeff Robinson level-classic 11/30/2006 11:53:44 AM

Outstanding work Pam! Your blur tool really did the trick and making this an amazing image; Great job! Jeff #3651261

Linda McLellan level-classic 11/30/2006 12:16:32 PM

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. #3651353

Ellen Hodges level-classic 11/30/2006 12:44:26 PM

Great job! #3651417

Ronald F. Fischer level-classic 11/30/2006 12:50:01 PM

Awesome capture and PS work, Pam!! Thank you so much for sharing the technique! #3651424

Shawn M. Marymee level-classic 11/30/2006 1:38:55 PM


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

Shawn #3651538

Christina C. Moore level-classic 11/30/2006 2:45:58 PM

Simply wonderful! I hope it wins. #3651821

Jessica L. Richard 11/30/2006 3:52:23 PM

wow, great capture and ps work! #3651987

Paul G Slate 11/30/2006 4:49:37 PM

Wow Pam Awsome job !!! #3652120

Karacan Salkuci (Kalacay) 12/2/2006 6:16:39 PM

Wonderful image. #3659537

Pamela K level-classic 12/2/2006 7:55:17 PM

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 #3659799

Laura Clay-Ballard 12/4/2006 3:21:49 AM

awesome. I like your tip about erasing .. #3663920

Pamela K level-classic 12/4/2006 8:09:58 AM

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

Pam #3665068

William88 12/4/2006 4:26:50 PM

Awesome picture. The motion blur is really wonderful for this image!! #3666555

Sharon Day level-classic 12/4/2006 6:31:34 PM

Awesome capture, Pam!!! I love both versions but I think the motion blur is a winner! Great job! #3666903

Pamela K level-classic 12/4/2006 10:01:24 PM

Thank you William and Sharon!!!! #3667314

Diane Dupuis 12/27/2006 12:19:57 PM

Wow - I love both versions! Very well done Pam! #3744909

Marc J. Quine 12/28/2006 9:22:54 AM

great pics, I like em both #3747723

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic 12/29/2006 11:18:25 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist. Good luck in the next round. #3753034

Shawn M. Marymee 12/29/2006 11:20:45 AM


Congratulations on your finalist! #3753058

Cathy M. Gromball 12/29/2006 12:22:36 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist, Pamela!

Cathy :) #3753606

Wendy S. Mogul 12/29/2006 12:37:01 PM

Wow outstanding work in blurring the backround! it adds so much to the shot!
Great work and congrats on the finalist! Good luck! #3753818

Cindy Cone 12/29/2006 12:44:14 PM

Congrats on this well-deserved finalist! Great work! #3753931

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 12/29/2006 2:23:05 PM

Great action capture, congratulations! #3754664

Jeff Robinson level-classic 12/29/2006 6:50:26 PM

Congrats on your excellent Finalist!! Jeff #3756223

The Judges at level-classic 12/29/2006 9:23:59 PM

Using a Photoshop tool in a perfect way. #3757317

William88 level-classic 12/29/2006 10:34:00 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist!! Good luck in the next round. #3757606

Sharon Day level-classic 12/30/2006 3:13:24 PM

Congratulations, Pam!!! I knew the judges would ilke this one! #3761039

Rohit Khisti level-classic 1/8/2007 6:45:37 PM

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. #3797534

Pamela K level-classic 6/5/2007 9:02:20 AM

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 #4368256

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

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