Another example of texture blending. In this example I have done little blending to the foreground, all the texture is in the background. The blending is on the edges only with a with a low opacity blend all over the foreground to just colour balance the image. (the original Squirrel was very grey)
I have lots of images that I like but are not either pin sharp or they will be low resolution due to the amount of cropping needed. Some images also have poor backgrounds that would involve lots of time to fix. So I have started experimenting with texture blending as a way of re-purposing these images
As staring inspiration for this I have to thank Mat Kloskowski of mattk.com for ideas on how to blend in textures and also how to create your own textures for this.
First night sighting of a Fox and Hedgehog this year and both together. The Fox learns not to sniff a Hedgehog too close.
Over the last 14 months, I have not added many new images to my collection, so I have been revisiting some from years past. I have been looking mainly at landscape rather than wildlife. A landscape does not run away!
This started from spending time revisiting and improving Photoshop skills and knowledge using YouTube and other sources, often revisiting some instructors I have been following for years. I have also spent a good amount of time improving my Final Cut Pro skills but have, as of now I have few past videos to develop.
The following images have been edited in Photoshop using Tony Kuyper’s Luminosity Masks, f64 Zone System, Selective Colour adjustment layer, and other Photoshop techniques.
If you want to see the YouTube subscriptions I use, then search for PiXimperfect, Photoshop Training Channel (PTC), photoshop CAFÉ, f64 Academy, Max Kloskowski, The Joy of Editing with Dave Kelly. These are the main places I visit regularly for reviewing and learning Photoshop and Lightroom skills used with my wildlife and landscape.
Three recent samples below (yes a wildlife image slipped in)
I have recently been watching tutorials by PHLEARN at phlearn.com . The latest series was ‘How to Remove Anything in Photoshop’ as part of my continued practice at Repair and Restoration of images old and new.
To practice what I had seen I decided to clean up an image I took on a recent visit to the Walker Gallery in Liverpool. Can you spot the changes?
Monday at RSPB Leighton Moss I thought I would try digiscoping again. The main issue was the vibration even though everything was mounted firmly with a hide clamp. An issue that is all to common with wildlife photography was the Otters arrived performed and went 15min before i got to the hide.
I placed the wildlife camera in the same place to see if I could capture more video of the Stoat. After three days all I had was the Pheasants, then on the last day 5 2min videos of the Badger. Mind you I had also sprinkled a few Peanuts.
We have not seen a Hedgehog in the garden for a over two years, occasional evidence but no sightings.
I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to not only photograph but also share in the celebration of the wedding of Mr and Mrs Kirton.
An excellent celebration day. Now to choose from many images ones that will remind them and others of the day for many years to come.
Congratulations to you both.
Very impressed with the speed of the focussing and the image quality even at high ISO. I used it at Chester zoo the other day on Shutter priority with auto ISO. I wanted to try it out and I am very impressed. Next testing is Manual and auto ISO. But the speed of focussing even with my 100-400mm lens was what really impressed.