Today we remember that “Twelve Heads Are Better Then One” as an old shot I did gets the Photoshop torture treatment to become something bigger… But I don’t know if it is better… You decide!
I was looking for something to post today, when I came across this photo, which I always liked. Then I thought, we could use more heads!
(Straight Out Of Camera)
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
Four shots a second or so apart…
- Raised contrast and whites
- Lowered highlights, shadows and blacks
- Raised clarity, vibrance and saturation
- Raised sharpening with masking
- Lens corrections added
- Opened in Photoshop as layers
- Expanded the canvas and moves the first shot I liked to the edge
- Added in the next shot and cloned out the margin between the two
- Flipped the shot horizontally as it looked to similar to the last one
- Added in the third group of birds and masked out the margins between them
- Then I added in the last group
- I then added a subtle vignette to encircle the birds
- And finally I thought that I didn’t do that good a job with the birds bodies, so I added a graduated filter to darken and hopefully make it less obvious
This probably doesn’t happen that many times in nature, at least not for an impatient photographer at a zoo, while his family wants to move on to another exhibit.
I may have had better luck if I kept the bodies of the birds farther apart, but then the heads wouldn’t have been so cool.