A Little Fun in PhotoShop
Let’s see, now i have more than a few decent shots of small birds in flight, let’s figure out what to do with them.
On a Mac at least, right clicking on any of these images will open a larger, sharper version in a new window.
Every now and then, I have managed to capture multiple birds in flight in one image, sure doesn’t happen often, but as I’ve stated before, this small birds in flight thing is a numbers game, and I have the time, and place, to take a lot of shots.
So I thought, why not combine parts of several of my better images with some of the good shots that already have multiple birds in them … just play around and amuse myself in PhotoShop.
Since all of these shots are taken on a tripod and I don’t move the camera sometimes for a hundred flight shots or more ( I am manually focused on a spot where I hope the birds will be ), many of these shots have the exact same background as several others making combining images a breeze.
These shots should give you an idea of the sometimes almost unbelievable color you can see in the yard here in Salineno. I have been sitting here watching these guys now for three months and it still amazes me.
Only two of the birds in the above image were added, guess which ones.
This combined image gives you an idea of how difficult it sometimes is to shoot here because of the shadows of the overhanging branches. These shadows from the mesquite tree looming over the seating area move about the yard as the sun tracks across the sky, casting shadows over all the props I have set up in the yard to bring the birds in close for viewing. So many good shots are ruined by these shadows being cast over dark parts of the birds, such as the heads of the Green Jays and the Audubon Orioles, making their eyes indistinguishable from the dark feathers surrounding them.
The two shots combined here were taken at the very end of the day as the sun set behind me around 6 PM.
Hope you may have enjoyed these, let me know what you think!
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