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Rough Legged Hawk by Michael Cummings

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There are many inspirational artists and photographic artists here on Red Bubble. Some have replaced the back ground or added textures to their artwork. After seeing these wonderful works I wanted to try the technique.

When I took the original Hawk photo the sky was a boring even light gray colour. I had a number of sky and cloud shots I took when I first started photography a couple of years ago. Like most novices I took shots of just about everything that moved or didn’t move.

This was an exercise in Photoshop. The Clouds were an old photo that I applied a Gaussian Blur filter to put it out of focus. Second put the original Hawk photo as another layer over the clouds. Then using Topaz Remask 3 I removed the background from the bird photo and left the Hawk and Branch. Then I cleaned it up a bit as the masking is not perfect but very good. Then compress the layers and save as a JPEG.

Rough Legged Hawk taken in Kingston area, Ontario

Nikon D300
ISO 400
EV 0.00
Pattern Metering
No Flash
460 MM
Hand Held

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  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Michael.

  • Thank you Bob, it turned out finally after about 20 tried to get the masking program right

    – Michael Cummings

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 4 years ago

    Superb Michael!

  • Thank you Rose

    – Michael Cummings

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 4 years ago

    excellent capture

  • Thank you Kathy

    – Michael Cummings

  • laurav
    lauravabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture!

  • Thank you Laura

    – Michael Cummings

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosabout 4 years ago

    This truly is outstanding work.

  • Thank you very much :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • Babcia
    Babciaabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous image Michael!

  • Thank you Barbara

    – Michael Cummings

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesabout 4 years ago

    Outstanding capture.

  • Thanks Mark

    – Michael Cummings

  • Gary Fairhead
    Gary Fairheadabout 4 years ago

    It looks great Mike, The BG sets off the Hawk beautifully.

  • Yes, I am going to have to start looking for interesting clouds this summer

    – Michael Cummings

  • james smith
    james smithabout 4 years ago

    You did a heck of a job with it. I was reading to see what type of telephoto flash unit was in use for wildlife photography :)

  • Thanks James. I don’t use flash when I shoot nature, might be I just don’t know the proper way to use it to make it look good. The real expert in using a flash is my buddy Gary Fairhead. His comment is just above your’s

    – Michael Cummings

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayabout 4 years ago

    WOW!!!!! Fabulous!!!!

  • Thank you Robin

    – Michael Cummings

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