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Old 08-09-2013, 01:13 PM
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Re: accentuate this GBH

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The trick with blur is:

Cut out the bird and put it on a new layer

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Never ever ever ever blur with the subject on the layer, as it will result in subject being transferred all over the background.
There are no particular 'tricks' to blur. Motion blur may be a better choice but only the originator of the image can decide this and the original shot shows no signs of panning.

No need to cut out the bird on a new layer (this is what the mask is for) and no worries about subject being 'transferred' all over the background - that is what the mask is for!

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Old 08-09-2013, 01:55 PM
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Re: accentuate this GBH

I used a SS of 1000 to insure the bird images were all in focus across the pond...
panning and capturing 11 in focus images were/are way beyond my skillset.

However, applying a gradient motion blur, running from right to left is something that I will play with...thanks.
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:05 PM
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Re: accentuate this GBH

It was pretty obvious from your image that you used a high shutter speed there is little if any observable blur on the birds wings (but you could have caught them at the decisive moment when the motion changes from up to down).

The other give away is the fact that you have captured the splash where the bird went for the fish that is a nice touch to the overall image IMHO.

Not sure about the blur moving from left to right though as it may not look correct if you want to preserve the water splash? Anyway it will be interesting to see what you come up with, after all this is your image and visualisation of how it should look is up to you
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:10 PM
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Re: accentuate this GBH

Topaz Lens Effects lets you tailor the blur, so you don't really have to cut the image of the bird out.
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:33 PM
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Re: accentuate this GBH

Here's where I am now...

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...gress-copy.jpg

Before I go any farther, could I have some comments on spacing of the bird and balance of colors of the bird.
I made the new size 13.5 x 48...kinda an odd size.
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:27 PM
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Re: accentuate this GBH

that's cool, and surely the first frame (you brutally offered) was the worst of them.
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:34 PM
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Well yeah...ya don't start of with the easiest...if ya get the tough one first, the rest will fall into place.
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Old 08-11-2013, 08:15 AM
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Re: accentuate this GBH

Well, I think the image as presented is ok.

The problem you had in seperating the heron from the foliage is perhaps less important now that you have shown the whole image.

My assumption (and I believe others) from your original post was that all the shots displayed a similar loss and messy background when in fact only two or three are a little lost. Therefore the suggested corrective actions IMO are not particularly relevent in this situation when the image is viewed as a whole. Pity you could not have made this a little clearer in your original post.
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:03 AM
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Re: accentuate this GBH

Surely you can't be suggesting that it's permissible to have one third of the image
looking less than ideal if the rest of it is fine.
The first part is where I was experiencing the difficulty and needed advice, rest assured, I am grateful for that.
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Old 08-11-2013, 12:26 PM
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Re: accentuate this GBH

No, not suggesting that at all!

The first part of the image does need some attention and I would think would be improved now mainly by removing the distracting branches that dissect the bird. It may also work (but have not tried) to slightly desaturate the greens and yellows of the background and blur in this case may not look quite right but again this is something that you will need to establish

Basically a different treatment of the subject to what was proposed in this thread now that the other images have been shown as intended.
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