Carol Watson, QPSA  

Gannets by Carol Watson, QPSA

July 2024 - Gannets

July 2024 - Carol Watson, QPSA


July 2024 - Carol Watson, QPSA

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About the Image(s)

My husband and I had a trip to the sea cliffs of North Yorkshire in April where there is a large colony of gannets. We had a couple of days capturing images of these beautiful sea birds. I thought I would combine a couple and give them a fine art feel. The images were taken with my Olympus OM-1 with a 40 -150mm lens with a 2X converter. The camera settings were auto focus, f5.6, 1/3200s, ISO 1250. The following changes were made in Photoshop after initial processing in Camera Raw:

I extended the canvas of one of the original images and then I placed the second bird in the position I wanted and blended the two images together, adjusting the colour balance and curves to match the images.
I then made a stamp layer and masked off the birds.
I then added 3 of my own textures over the background in different blend modes and opacities.
I added a further 2 textures on top of the birds, both in soft blend mode but at different opacities. I masked off some of the textures over the birds.
I made a colour adjustment and added a vignette and finally I did a bit of noise reduction in Topaz.

3 comments posted

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Carol, this is stunning. You turned ordinary images of birds into a real work of art. It looks like the two birds are in a bird ballet.
I have not noticed anything to add or take away.   Posted: 07/06/2024 10:18:07

Denise McKay   Denise McKay
I really like this image Carol. The color tones are very soothing and the positioning of the birds makes this interesting to look at. Are they dancing, are they spying some dinner down below, are they seeking out a quiet place to land? Beautiful job.   Posted: 07/06/2024 15:35:40

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
What a beautiful job! The birds look like they are dancing a romantic ballet. Your masking is flawless. The birds in the final version have much softer shadows, a small detail but important to the final interpretation. Perfect.   Posted: 07/12/2024 13:50:12


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