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| p.1 #4 · Shikra with prey - help please |
ben egbert wrote:
Nice capture, looks very sharp and you have good eye contact. Here is what I would do with the background, the foreground seems ok to me but starting with the dark band in the middle I would try to lighten it and then blur it.
I used to have a blur action using PKsharpener that I used for this but it was 32 bit and I lost it when I upgraded to 64 bit. Since I don't do birds anymore I don't need it.
But some around here are good with it. You do need Photoshop I think because its a layer/mask/brush type of job. I don't use LR so I am not sure what it can do.
Somebody will suggest putting the eye at the rule of thirds, but it won't be me.
Many thanks Ben
I do have photoshop CS 5 just not good at using it. My blurring technique is with the lens so dont know how to do it on PS. Suppose you have to select the bird on a layer? (again something I am pure rubbish at doing properly
How I might approach it.
Make a selection of the bird using magic wand or lasso, refine edge and save as a copy to preserve the sharp bird.
Make another layer below it and above the background (I always like to preserve the background).
Select the new layer and using filters, select lens blur. Make a mask and paint the blur where you want. You can also use this layer to lighten the dark area. Or perhaps make another layer for lightening it.
This is a general description. When I try this I generally get some issues where part of the bird gets included in the blend layer which you don't want.
When you turn the bird layer on, it will be sharp and hopefully wont have any halo.
But Karen (Auntipode) is an expert here. So I am waiting to see what she does or somebody else. I am sort of interested myself.