Woodland Spy

Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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Prior to being attacked by the Savage Canadian Snow Duck, I was doing some close up work of some of the smaller winter’s delights in our little Eco Gardens and I had the uneasy feeling I was being watched. There was no one around, but it still persisted.

Once the trauma of my close call with the Snow Duck eased a bit (with the help of a large brandy) after I arrived home, I pulled a number of images on to the screen. This is what I saw…

I was right!!

So, between the pretty creepy plants and nasty ducks, I think I’ll steer clear of the gardens for a while. It’s costing me a fortune in brandy.

The techie bits. (Nowt to it.)

The Eyes

The eyes are Stewie’s.

In PSE, I used the “elliptical marquee” tool at 50 px feathering and made a circle around the left eye. Then I went to “edit/copy”.

Rose hip

For the rose hip, I made a duplicate layer, then used the marquee tool again to create an ellipse roughly where I wanted the eye to go. Then I went to “edit/paste into selection”. I repeated this with the right eye. Then I simply moved both eyes to where I wanted them. I used the eraser tool to get rid of the little bit of excess “fur” round the eyes, then flattened the image.

There’s a wee bit of trial end error here, so if you want to give it a shot, be patient! :-)

Stewie.

Sister’s back deck, July 7, 2010
Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 160 mm
iso 400, multi-pattern metering, F5.6, 1/90 second

Rose Hip

Rotary Eco Gardens, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
January 29, 2011
Same camera, Sigma 17 to 70, Tamron Doubler, 140 mm equivalent, manual focus
iso 100, multi-pattern metering, F9.0, 1/160 second
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