Bird Puss


Rhode St. Genese, Belgium

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455 faves ♥
48 features
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November, 2015

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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.

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