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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Eade View Post
    Sandhill Crane from my guided tour of the Bosque in Jan 2012, courtesy of Bob Williams......looking forward to a return visit soon
    Yep, the cranes are beginning to fly in now, I have seen several flocks this last week. I may have to go on a little recon mission before December, just to see what's out there.
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    Bob,
    I agree, you should go. We all need you out there.
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    Thanks Ahab. I watched a video the other day that motivated me to get in and do some photoshop work. So as a test run I took one of my HB shots from this summer and tried some of that artsy stuff that Joel and Denise are famous for.

    Opened The pic in Lightroom
    Desaturated, removed contrast and shadow
    Opened in CS6 as a smart object
    Copied to a new layer as smart object
    Then opened new layer Smart Object in ACR and put all color and contrast back in
    Merged the two layers and blended in overlay mode, adjusted opacity a little and tweaked the sliders to taste
    flattened the image
    then applied the "oil paint" filter and tweaked those sliders to taste

    Here is the result: (note--it looks much better on a black background)



    What do you think?

    Here is the original:

    Last edited by bob williams; 10-13-2012 at 03:51 AM.
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    I like the original a lot, but the edit rocks.
    Btw I also like the somewhat unusual and extreme position of the bird. You posted a few others with unusual poses at the end of your season that I really liked.
    Arnt

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob williams View Post
    Thanks Ahab. I watched a video the other day that motivated me to get in and do some photoshop work. So as a test run I took one of my HB shots from this summer and tried some of that artsy stuff that Joel and Denise are famous for.

    Opened The pic in Lightroom
    Desaturated, removed contrast and shadow
    Opened in CS6 as a smart object
    Copied to a new layer as smart object
    Then opened new layer Smart Object in ACR and put all color and contrast back in
    Merged the two layers and blended in overlay mode, adjusted opacity a little and tweaked the sliders to taste
    flattened the image
    then applied the "oil paint" filter and tweaked those sliders to taste

    Here is the result: (note--it looks much better on a black background)



    What do you think?

    Love it! We'll get you out of LR eventually...."to resist is futile"

    PS I agree....a BDA recon mission is in order

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddt0725 View Post
    Beautiful photo, Joel! I have not photographed birds in a long time! Your photo is making miss it!
    Thanks...I'm sure you'll get back to it...you've been just a little busy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Eade View Post
    Love it! We'll get you out of LR eventually...."to resist is futile"
    Never---Although, I have been using LR much like you use ACR. Make basic adjustments LR (Same engine as ACR), then open in PS for sharpening, backgrounds, layers etc.

    I do have a question for one of you PS guru's. When you open a smart object in PS, how do you unlink the image from the original?


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    Here's one from this afternoon

    1D MKIV
    500mm
    ISO 1000
    f/4
    1/250


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    Wow, amazing woodpecker image Joel!

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    Thanks Dave!

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