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June, 2014

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Scratch, our Siamese, photographed with what would on a normal day be his dinner. Birds were shot at a local pet store and added in Photoshop. As the birds were photoraphed in cages, the bars they were behind had to be cloned out, and this took a lot of time and patience. Addition of shadows and direction of lighting effects were important factors to getting the image to look realistic.

Here’s a step-by-step…

First, the original take. Scratch was SO cooperative in those days:-)

Next, a trip to the local pet store… shooting the birds wuz a piece of cake cause they were behind bars. Kinda like ducks in a barrel!

This was the hard bit… cloning out all those bars and separating the birds from their background. This took lots of time as so many of the bars ran through the important bits like the beaks and eyes, but it was an important stage to make the finished shot look real.

I selected the bird images that best suited the original image and pasted them in. Without the shadowing it still looks very flat and not very realistic.

The final image, compared to the the one above, shows the importance of adding the shadows and making sure the light is seemingly coming from the same direction in all the elements. The shadows were done by selecting and feathering areas to separate layers, filling the layers with black, and then reducing the opacity of the layers.

All shots taken on Fuji Reala negative print film with a Canon EOS-100 + EF 100mm macro lens, and scanned to digital on a Canon FS-2710 negative scanner. Editing done with Photoshop 6.

Comments

  • carpenter777
    carpenter777over 7 years ago

    this is great I love it

  • gypsygirl
    gypsygirlover 7 years ago

    This is gorgeous!! I love Scratchs colouring and blue eyes!

  • Belinda Leopold
    Belinda Leopoldover 7 years ago

    So adorable!!! Your work is excellent-can’t wait to see more!!!

  • whisperingruth
    whisperingruthover 7 years ago

    Too cute for words . . . love your creativeness.

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Thanks for your comments guys, I’m new here and really appreciate the encouragement!

  • Barb Leopold
    Barb Leopoldover 7 years ago

    Billyboy this is superb, I know how hard it is to do all those things in Photoshop and this looks completely natural. And the subject matter is too cute! Loving it!!

  • Popular Mr
    Popular Mrover 7 years ago

    I knew there was no way the kitten would not attach the birds

  • Popular Mr
    Popular Mrover 7 years ago

    but a very nice shot

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Barbie, thanks for appreciating the time that went into this and for the positive feedback, and it`s an honor to be in your favorites!
    Daijiro, thank you… and what blows me away is that we had a siamese named Kato years ago. What are your thoughts on re-incarnation? Cheers, BB

  • Di Edwards
    Di Edwardsover 7 years ago

    This is great! Great job on the authenticity. Love the use of the blue of the bowl to complement the birds and the cat’s eyes.

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