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First Blue Tit!

By frogsrcool
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

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: ojjo, bzbee, mttmwilson and 16 more


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Comments


bzbee Plus
12 102 3 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2005 10:51AM
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 12 341 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2005 11:00AM
they don't stay still long enough I have tried so often and never achived one as clear as yours well doneSmile

Charlotte
grom 12 239
5 Mar 2005 11:21AM
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
norton 12 6 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2005 11:39AM
Nice one...

Tony.
starstriders 12 1.6k United Kingdom
5 Mar 2005 11:57AM
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.
fossilized 12 79 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2005 1:42PM
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!
mr_martin 11 9
5 Mar 2005 1:48PM
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.
glazzaro 11 70 23 United States
5 Mar 2005 3:38PM
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
Tom_H 11 48 1 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2005 2:01AM
Well done, the edges could do to be softer; but it's still a nice shot.
6 Mar 2005 1:50PM
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
frogsrcool 12 9 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2005 2:27PM
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
phiggy 15 6 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2005 12:52AM
Excellent capture.
Some great colours and detail!

Phil
19 Nov 2005 12:51PM
wonderful shot!

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