A Passion For Pelicans - Nature Photography Top Tips
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By ianrobinson    
This was taken in North Norfolk.
This effect is "cloud trails" as opposed to "star trails".
To achieve this effect you need 50 images which i took in raw, to take the images you need to take 50 images on a tripod, use manual, choose your focus point and lock it off by taking you lens off auto focus, I find using live view is a good way to get the sharpness and exposure right, then make sure you have a cable release use multi shot on your camera settings, then click the cable release shutter button and lock it so it takes multiple images.

You can use what I use but a cable release is cheaper, I use a "timer remote controller".
I then put them all in lightroom 4, I highlight all 50 images and adjust what I want to adjust with the image, Then choose the option "sync" and sync all. now you need to right click on the image and export to a folder in jpg format.
now close lightroom 4 and start up CS5, go through the options i give to stack the images.
go to files, scripts, load files into stacks, and the choose brouse, and brouse for the folder your jpg are in, click ok. you will see all your images stacking in the right hand side of PS.
you now go through each one and use the lighten tool in the layers section, once done then go to layer and flaten layer.
you have now stacked the images.
some images work better than others and some need more stacks than others too to get the final look.
I then use duplicate layer, sharpen, unsharp mask, and tweek the sharpness to desired effect, then i click on mask in layers and add this to the top layer, I make sure i click on this, I then use the brush tool and rub out the sharpness of the sky.
I then use another software plug in called "colour effects pro 4" to give a little drama to the image, and finally a little levels adjustment.
This what you get from those adjustments Tongue.

Tags: Boat Digitally manipulated Wreckage North norfolk Landscape and travel

Voters: colin63, zapar40, 5000eh and 77 more



prabhusinha 15 5 5 India
12 May 2013 10:59AM
A brand new idea
12 May 2013 11:16AM
Great image thanks for the masterclass.


boov 10 2 United Kingdom
12 May 2013 11:19AM
Cracking shot....
12 May 2013 11:24AM
A lot of work.... a lot of result

Superb image

Thanks for all the info on processing Grin
Trevhas Plus
10 1.6k 3 United Kingdom
12 May 2013 11:25AM
Excellent information, detail and composition Ian. I like someone who puts the time and effort in and then shares their technique / knowledge with the rest of us.
Bee76 12 17 United Kingdom
12 May 2013 11:36AM
Very interesting Ian and well executed. I agree with Trevor, I think it's brilliant when someone shares their knowledge and technique.

This has definitely piqued my interest!

trevrob 10 14 United Kingdom
12 May 2013 11:42AM
a lot of work put into this one image with stunning results ian,compostion,colour and detail all superb,nice work
mossy 10 46 1 England
12 May 2013 11:50AM
I admire your commitment and skills. Nice to see someone taking the time to explain how their image is achieved.
jdinne 19 16 England
12 May 2013 12:34PM
Your efforts certainly paid off, great work. And a great lesson Smile

RonnieAG Plus
13 154 119 Scotland
12 May 2013 12:34PM
I appreciate all the info supplied as to how this image was achieved.........a great subject for the technique: the cloud patterns seem to emanate and radiate out from the top of the old cabin.
MattB1987 11 458 England
12 May 2013 12:40PM
Awesome image and walk trough, much appreciated, definitely will have a crack at that soon!
conrad 18 10.9k 116
12 May 2013 12:49PM
Excellent capture(s) of one my favourite Norfolk locations - a lot of work, but certainly worth the effort: Well done!
Niknut Plus
13 3.5k 82 United Kingdom
12 May 2013 4:04PM
Cracking shot !!!......love the drama in the sky, & positioned perfectly with the boat !!
chensuriashi Plus
16 336 18 England
12 May 2013 4:20PM
Final resting place great ideas too TVM for all of those. Chen.
ianrobinson 13 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
12 May 2013 5:18PM
Thank you all for your wonderful comments and votes on this one, much appreciated.

Also thank you very much for your user awards Trevha, Bee76, and Ronnie they were a lovely surprise.

Tynnwrlluniau Plus
13 112 40 Wales
12 May 2013 5:25PM
Magnificent image and a great write-up
cats_123 Plus
19 5.2k 31 Northern Ireland
12 May 2013 6:54PM
Thanks for the explanation of the workflow....very informative.
Great result. Smile Smile Smile Smile
tomcat 17 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
12 May 2013 8:00PM
Excellent work Ian

With my wildlife stuff, I reckon I get from the RAW image to the upload within about five minutes

A tribute to your devotion

ianrobinson 13 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
12 May 2013 8:45PM
Thank you very much Alun, Cats, and Adrian for your comments and votes.

And a big thank you for you UA Uglys, very much appreciated.
ianrobinson 13 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
12 May 2013 10:28PM
Wow Thank you Pete for your HC, what a lovely surprise.
HowieR 12 20 3 United Kingdom
14 May 2013 8:51AM
True dedication to your workflow- and what a fine result
ianrobinson 13 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
14 May 2013 10:06PM
Thank you Howie.

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