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This was the best i could achieve today - having sat in the garden for 3 hours! I didn't like the messy background, and the front of the beak was almost touching the feeder. so have cut it and pasted into a black background.

Please tell me the bits that don't work - haven't cut anything out before, and didn't realise what a fiddly job it was. extended perch to edge of frame

Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:75 - 300mm
Title:First Blue Tit!
Username:frogsrcool frogsrcool
Uploaded:5 Mar 2005 - 10:13 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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bzbee
bzbee  10100 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2005 - 10:51 AM

Like it. The background adds to the contrast. And lovely colours..
A useful trick once you've cut out the bird is to roughen the outline a little with the smudge tool. No matter how subtly you do this it adds to the quality of the cutout layer. Especially around the 'bottom' feathers. The lighting is nice on this little chap....

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deavilin
deavilin  10322 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2005 - 11:00 AM

they don't stay still long enough I have tried so often and never achived one as clear as yours well doneSmile

Charlotte

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grom
grom  9239 forum posts
5 Mar 2005 - 11:21 AM

excellent shot and great editing work,once you have selected the cut out,try feathering the selection about 3-5 pixels to soften the outline,allthough on this image its only the underside that has a hard outline

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norton
norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2005 - 11:39 AM

Nice one...

Tony.

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starstriders
5 Mar 2005 - 11:57 AM

Wow, nice capture Karen. Well editted too although it's a little hard edged. Rather than cut and paste, try selecting the area, 'feathering' the selection by about 5 pixels, inverse it, and blur/darken the background to black/darker colour. I'm not expert on editting but I think that's how you do it.

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fossilized
5 Mar 2005 - 1:42 PM

Well done.. there'll be no stopping you now. There's something very satisfying about capturing these little birds isn't there? Nice pose you've caught here.

Impressed by your editing - such a lot of work!

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mr_martin
mr_martin  9
5 Mar 2005 - 1:48 PM

Good capture..think just blurring original background using gaussian blur may have worked better and been more forgiving with the hard edges.well done though.

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glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2005 - 3:38 PM

Still, you get the shot, from here on out the rest will get easier! Well done and congrats on your first Blue Tit! Spot On! Click!!!

Greg

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Tom_H
Tom_H  948 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2005 - 2:01 AM

Well done, the edges could do to be softer; but it's still a nice shot.

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karthik_soumya
6 Mar 2005 - 1:50 PM

Hi Karen...lovely shot of the bird. If you want my honest opinion, I think some of the fine details are lost in the cut and paste. PSP 8.0 has a backgound eraser and you could try it as an option.

Karthik

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frogsrcool
6 Mar 2005 - 2:27 PM

thank you all so much for your advice with the background. I am not one for working in PSP or PS - I prefer to find the 'right shot' and take it 'in camera'. I need to try and learn some of these skills cos it was quite fun - but very time consuming! Need to find a course now!!

That's the great thing about this site - so many people are there to offer advice. Will take on board the comments from you guys and try them all out.

Thanks again - much appreciated

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phiggy
phiggy  12 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2005 - 12:52 AM

Excellent capture.
Some great colours and detail!

Phil

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Patricia Fenn
19 Nov 2005 - 12:51 PM

wonderful shot!

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