I don’t do this much anymore, mostly because my wrist can’t take the extreme mousing required when masking, but once in a while I simply must indulge because the results are striking, beautiful, or both.
I took this shot from across the lake and was amazed it was clear and sharp. You can tell by the water it was a windy day, to boot. That always makes it harder to handhold long-distance photos. Tripod? I don’t need no stinkin’ tripod. 😉
Well, I probably do, but they’re a pain in the ass to lug around, set up, then afterward collapse again–especially if you’re carrying two cameras and a bag of lenses. By the time you’re ready to take a picture, the creature is often long gone, and that’s why I shoot handheld 99% of the time.
The funny thing is, most of the time my hands are steady as a rock. No shake. But once in a while, I can’t get an unblurry photo no matter what. Days like that I definitely need a tripod.
I swapped this background out, too, and replaced it with one from Jai Johnson’s Corners collection (I changed the hue to better match the subject), then overlaid that with one of her chalk textures (after desaturating the color). It’s amazing what a little post-processing can do, isn’t it? A common bird suddenly looks magical.
I did this one a while ago, but after taking another look at it, I redid it. Here’s the original after processing. The lighting was difficult; the sun was setting and the shadows were on half the birds.
Interesting, isn’t it? How a background can make all the difference?
See you next time.