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GalloimagesOH
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p.1 #1 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


Like many, I have some very nice images of eagles, cranes, etc with featureless skies.

Yes, blue skies (no clouds) is better than gray skies but nice sky with clouds makes a huge difference.

The original image had an ALL blue sky, no clouds, featureless. The crane had nice light on him from the sunrise but a featureless blue sky BG.

In the image posted, the light on the bird is "real" but I simply replaced the sky from a sky file acquired from Layer Cake Elements. Please PM me if you want more info on the sky files. I also take my own sky images to use in replacements.

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Dec 04, 2012 at 12:14 AM
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p.1 #2 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


Interesting concept, however, there just doesn't seem to be enoough detail on the sandy to do it justice, that one wing appears solid black to me. And with his beak blending in with the dark cloud in the back, it looks like he is beakless. For what it's worth, it does look pretty natural. However, if it works for you, that's all that counts!

Jo



Dec 04, 2012 at 08:54 PM
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p.1 #3 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


Thanks Jo.... it may be your monitor, not sure , as I dont see what you are describing at all. Plenty of detail in the beak and the wings. The wing is not close to being black on my end.


Dec 04, 2012 at 09:00 PM
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p.1 #4 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


Looks fake BUT at least you posted it in the right forum


Dec 04, 2012 at 09:04 PM
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p.1 #5 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


It may have a sky replacement (fake as you call it) but I have sold "a few" to justify the effort. Otherwise, the original image has no appeal to a buyer with featureless skies. The point is you can salvage images like this and make them salable vs having it languish on your hard drive or delete it.


Dec 04, 2012 at 09:13 PM
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p.1 #6 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


Good for you, I sell my pics pretty much SOOC. No need to "salvage" if you get it right in camera...just sayin'


Dec 04, 2012 at 09:17 PM
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p.1 #7 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


I wish I could control the cloud appearances...... I should have ordered clouds that day.....






Dec 04, 2012 at 09:25 PM
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p.1 #8 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


Just givin' ya a hard time, Mark. I think the pic looks pretty cool.


Dec 04, 2012 at 09:32 PM
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p.1 #9 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


Thanks....


Dec 04, 2012 at 09:36 PM
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p.1 #10 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


It would work for me if the lighting on the bird matched the lighting on the clouds. The sun coming up from the lower left would not cast a shadow of the bird's neck on the underbelly of the bird. Nor would there be sunlight on the left side of the bird's head.

Try flipping the background upside-down and then paste the bird into the background.



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p.1 #11 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


I think it came out very well!

One minor critique would be that the 2 streaks at the bottom are slightly distracting.



Dec 07, 2012 at 07:30 AM
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p.1 #12 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


trenchmonkey wrote:
Good for you, I sell my pics pretty much SOOC. No need to "salvage" if you get it right in camera...just sayin'



And another disemboweled challenger. Who's next?

I think it's a good - not great - composite due to contrast issues and placement, but it's hard to always be lucky..




Dec 20, 2012 at 01:57 PM
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p.1 #13 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


Dude it's like 3D... COOL


Dec 21, 2012 at 05:07 AM
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p.1 #14 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


Mark: this one is a keeper


Dec 27, 2012 at 12:35 AM
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p.1 #15 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


Nice concept


Jan 03, 2013 at 10:17 PM
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p.1 #16 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


Thanks folks!


Jan 04, 2013 at 03:19 AM
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p.1 #17 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


I like it as it is.


Jan 04, 2013 at 08:00 PM
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p.1 #18 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


I think it works fairly nicely, Mark, with one minor nit. I have to confess that when I first read your explanation and looked at the image, my first thought was exactly what tony (Imagemaster) mentioned- that the lighting on the crane didn't quite match it's new background. Just to increase the believability, why not take it that small percentage further and do some careful adjustments on the bird?

Really pretty image regardless...



Jan 09, 2013 at 10:49 PM
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p.1 #19 · Sandhill Cranes and a sky replacement


That huge c is very distracting


Jan 16, 2013 at 01:55 AM





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