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Old 12-15-2008, 08:35 PM
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How to achieve black background

I came across these stunning egret pictures on smugmug by Bonnie Lilley. http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/17372...16707370_J9eLb

Can anyone please help in suggesting how I might achieve the same effect.
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:10 PM
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Re: How to achieve black background

actually if you look close, theyre not pure black, theres a smidge of detail still inthere. The examples arent perfect either if you really look. Basically, there are a number of ways. The best way would be to make a selection of the subject you want to keep via whatever method suits you best (Channels, path, etc) and then you can either composite the image with another one out of your raw converter which youve dropped the exp on, paint the layer with either a denser color, burn it, or dupe it and change the blends. It looks like in htose pics they used some gaussian to give it a creamier look, possibly to hide their so so masking around the birds?
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:15 PM
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PS, dont be fooled into thinking that guy shot those birds in some black pool with a dark background, it def photoshopped. And like I said the masking is mediocre, it doesnt look natural. If you take a look at the shots of that stork or swan or whatever it is (Im not a bird guy) into the water, study the reflections and ripples around the head in the water, see the green and yellow fringe? thats actually the reflections of the original foliage that was reflecting in the real shot. Id have gone in and at least knocked the color out of that stuff
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Old 12-19-2008, 04:02 PM
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Re: How to achieve black background

Thanks for the info.

I tried your method with some of my own stuff & got an OK result.
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