Spirit Cranes

© Pamela K

Spirit Cranes

Pamela K level-classic 12/4/2004 12:32:54 PM

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 #193946

Phil Sauvey 12/4/2004 12:42:48 PM


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! #954247

Pamela K level-classic 12/4/2004 12:47:19 PM

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 #954252

Diane Dupuis 12/4/2004 1:27:07 PM

Pam - the final result is great! Your hard work really paid off! Well done!
DDK #954286

Pamela K level-classic 12/4/2004 1:30:21 PM

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

Pam #954291

Barbara Kehoe 12/4/2004 3:54:58 PM

It looks beautiful Pam #954487

Pamela K level-classic 12/4/2004 3:56:40 PM

Thank you, Barb!

Pam #954491

Sharon Day level-classic 12/4/2004 4:59:29 PM

This turned out to be a masterpiece, Pam!!! It's beautiful and striking! #954565

Pamela K level-classic 12/4/2004 5:04:13 PM

Thank you, Sharon!!

Pam #954582

Eric Highfield level-classic 12/4/2004 7:20:21 PM

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! #954744

Pamela K level-classic 12/4/2004 7:38:49 PM

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 #954773

Patricia A. Kuniega level-classic 12/5/2004 5:34:20 AM

Exceptional work Pam! The final image is superb! Good luck with it in both venues! #955368

Pamela K level-classic 12/5/2004 9:01:22 AM

Thank you, Pat!!

Pam #955796

Sharon Day level-classic 1/17/2005 10:33:12 PM

Congratulations big time, Pam!!! Fantastic finalist! Good luck next round! #1040419

Pamela K level-classic 1/17/2005 10:43:31 PM

Thank you, Sharon!!!

Pam #1040454

Kip T. Berger level-classic 1/18/2005 1:33:23 AM

Congrats again Pam!!! #1041005

Diane Dupuis level-classic 1/18/2005 2:45:38 AM

Hooray Pam! All that hard work really paid off! COngrats! #1041215

Darren K. Fisher level-classic 1/18/2005 6:07:09 AM

Very creative job here, congrats and best of luck next round. #1042385

Patricia A. Kuniega level-classic 1/18/2005 6:28:05 AM

So great to see this here among the finalists, Pam! And to have experienced the process! Congrats and good luck! #1042599

Paul Michko level-classic 1/18/2005 6:36:25 AM

Congrats, Pamela. #1042657

Karma Wilson 1/18/2005 7:37:40 AM

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

Karma #1043078

Pamela K level-classic 1/18/2005 8:56:00 AM

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

Pam #1043624

Barbara Kehoe 1/18/2005 12:14:56 PM

Congratulations Pam #1044507

Pamela K level-classic 1/18/2005 1:01:41 PM

Thank you, Barb!

Pam #1044686

Debra Booth 1/18/2005 7:24:37 PM

Wow! Fabulous finalist, Pam! #1046434

Marilou Olejniczak 1/20/2005 3:17:48 AM

Congratulations Pam! Beautiful workk!! #1049756

Wally Orlowsky 1/20/2005 4:23:17 AM

Congratulations on this awesome winner, Pam! #1050004

Paul Michko 1/20/2005 4:43:44 AM

Pamela, Congratulations on a terrific win. #1050062

Janet Detota 1/20/2005 5:14:12 AM

Way to go, Pam! Congratulations!! #1050157

cj patterson 1/20/2005 5:52:39 AM


Lisa Deaton 1/20/2005 7:38:33 AM

Fantastic!!! Congrats on your win!! #1050847

Sharon Day level-classic 1/20/2005 8:26:21 AM

Fantastic image, Pam!!! Big congratulations! #1051105

Pamela K level-classic 1/20/2005 8:32:03 AM

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

Pam #1051137

Audrea Telkamp 1/20/2005 8:37:12 AM

Congratulations Pam!!!! Way To Go!! #1051180

Julie Abston 1/20/2005 8:58:23 AM

Congratulations, Pam!! This is a gorgeous image!!! #1051240

Karma Wilson 1/20/2005 9:04:39 AM

Congrats Pam! I remember this well.:-)

We're neighbors!

Karma #1051250

Mellanie 1/20/2005 2:07:17 PM

Congrats on this win, Pam! #1051812

Wendy Stevenson 1/20/2005 2:55:01 PM

Very cool composite Pam!! Congratulations on your win!! #1051958

Debra Booth 1/20/2005 4:22:25 PM

Congratulations, Pam!! #1052164

Phil Sauvey 1/20/2005 9:11:36 PM


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. #1052540

Kip T. Berger 1/20/2005 11:44:18 PM

Congratulations Pam! :) #1052677

Pamela K level-classic 1/21/2005 4:18:48 PM

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

Pam #1054611

Eric Highfield level-classic 1/21/2005 8:01:07 PM

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!!! #1055024

Pamela K level-classic 1/21/2005 10:14:30 PM

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

Pam #1055171

Diane Dupuis level-classic 1/22/2005 7:22:54 AM

Congrats Pam on your well deserved win!! Your hard work really paid off! #1056016

Pamela K level-classic 1/22/2005 9:46:09 AM

Thank you, Diane!!

Pam #1056414

Leonard Pierce level-classic 1/23/2005 6:27:58 PM

Congratulations on your Second Place win Pam!!! #1058964

Pamela K level-classic 1/23/2005 8:21:13 PM

Thank you, Len!!!

Pam #1059155

Laura Clay-Ballard 6/5/2005 10:47:26 AM

This is a gorgeous photo! great job in ps! #1433148

Pamela K level-classic 6/5/2005 10:53:30 AM

Thank you, Laura!!

Pam #1433174

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic 6/20/2005 10:07:07 AM

Congratulations on you win. Beautiful picture. You have lots of beautiful pictures in yoe gallery. Love the final result. #1493053

Pamela K level-classic 6/20/2005 10:46:47 AM

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

Pam #1493179

Taylor 1/2/2006 11:04:43 AM

That was very clever. Congratulations for the win. #2244938

Linda L. Ruiz 6/7/2007 8:50:21 PM

This is such a cool idea. I am going to have to try it. Awesome shot. #4377062

Pamela K level-classic 6/8/2007 9:34:14 AM

Thank you, Taylor and Linda!!

Pam #4378649

Indrajit Hajra 7/14/2007 3:03:08 AM

Magnificient job done pam...kudos to you.Great going..Congrats on your win. #4507075

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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!

Uploaded on 12/4/2004 12:22:14 PM

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