Giraffe Sunset

© Gunther Allen

Giraffe Sunset

Gunther Allen level-classic 6/15/2009 10:52:47 PM

Here are the original two photos #1141950

Tiia Vissak 6/16/2009 12:08:21 AM

beautifully done! #7634642

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 6/16/2009 12:13:34 AM

Straight into my favs!!!!!! OH WOW! This is AWESOME, Gunther. Amazing and beautiful work. #7634675

Tommy E. Burgess 6/16/2009 12:48:57 AM

Outstanding composite Gunther!! #7634816

Jeff Robinson level-classic 6/16/2009 3:17:27 AM

Excellent - Great job with this Gunther!! Jeff #7635135

Anne M. Young 6/16/2009 6:29:56 AM

Fantastic! great work.... #7635828

Gunther Allen level-classic 6/16/2009 7:59:36 AM

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 #7636259

Sabrina Ryan 6/17/2009 7:52:22 AM

Very creative, beautifully done, Gunther! #7639953

Gunther Allen level-classic 6/17/2009 7:56:32 AM

Thank you Sabrina! #7639962

Gunther Allen level-classic 6/17/2009 8:07:37 AM

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! #7639989

Evy Johansen level-classic 6/17/2009 8:26:32 AM

Wow, Gunther!! This is awesome!! Wonderful work!! #7640031

Gunther Allen level-classic 6/17/2009 8:34:43 AM

Thanks so much Evy - coming from you the expert at this! I really admire your work. #7640052

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 6/17/2009 1:41:39 PM

So creative and beautiful Gunther. Excellent darkroom skills! Congratulations on your DD feature! #7640834

Chris Ebben 6/17/2009 4:42:36 PM

Great work here, no wonder BetterPhoto used it as an example for us all. Good one=^..^= #7641398

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 6/17/2009 10:28:37 PM

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

Usman. #7642042

Chris Ebben 6/18/2009 12:18:08 AM

I did Usman, I think I'll get a lot of use out of it=^..^= #7642129

Gunther Allen level-classic 6/18/2009 7:03:55 AM

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! :-) #7643478

Luigi Di Serio level-classic 7/21/2009 3:22:38 PM

This is so cool! Thanks for the explanation on your tricks too. #7763568

A P 7/21/2009 7:25:42 PM


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!! #7765497

Gunther Allen level-classic 7/21/2009 7:36:15 PM

Thank you so much Ann and Luigi! I've got my fingers crossed! LOL #7765601

Kelly S. Cavanaugh 7/21/2009 9:39:27 PM

Amazing work, Gunther! Gorgeous! Congratulations! #7766332

Gunther Allen level-classic 7/21/2009 10:35:06 PM

Thank you Kelly! #7766578

Kathy Cline level-classic 7/22/2009 4:32:58 AM


Jeff Robinson level-classic 7/22/2009 7:57:56 AM

Congrats Gunther on your Terrific Finalist! Jeff #7768640

Gunther Allen level-classic 7/22/2009 8:56:00 AM

Thank you Kathy and Jeff - Your well wishes has brightened my day! #7768951

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 7/22/2009 9:26:15 AM

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

UB. #7769161

Cheryl E. Molennor level-classic 7/22/2009 10:54:51 AM


Linda Blair level-classic 7/22/2009 4:18:28 PM

Awesome work...congrats on your finalist!!!!! #7771138

Gunther Allen level-classic 7/22/2009 4:21:38 PM

Thank you Thank you Usman, Cheryl, and Linda! So much appreciated! #7771154

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 7/23/2009 8:08:06 AM

Super finalist Gunther!

jo ann c. #7774325

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aperture f8, shutter 1/500, lens 200mm, location San Diego Zoo - Background is Lahaina, Maui
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Uploaded on 6/15/2009 10:45:57 PM

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Camera: Nikon D100 Digital SLR Camera Photo Contest Finalist

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