Sunday, January 11, 2009

No Crows in Sight!

Last weekend when we visited Armand Bayou Nature Center, I noticed this scarecrow in a little garden near the Prairie trail. I know it's a good scarecrow because there were no crows to be seen anywhere nearby!

Title: "No Crows in Sight!"

Camera / Lens: Canon 40D / Canon 100-400mm L zoom
Post-processing: Photomatix HDR from three handheld exposures (-2, 0, +2) > Photoshop CS3 > Duplicate Layer > High Pass Sharpening in Hard Light blending mode > Merge Visible to New Layer > Topaz Adjust pluding "Spicify" preset > Free Transform to level the horizon > Duplicate Layer > Nik Viveza Plugin to lighten and brighten the hat > Curves Adjustment Layer for overall contast enhancement > Levels Adjustment Layer to set a black point > Merge Visible to New Layer > Change to Screen blending mode at 59% to improve overall image brightness


Anonymous said...

I like it! Great colors, nice depth of field, lots of texture....but it would have been even better with a big black crow sitting on the hat! :) Oh well, in a perfect world.


Barry Armer said...

Thanks Cindi!

I'll try and get a crow shot I can clone into the shot! It's allowed to create "a perfect world" isn't it? :-)


Larry said...

I read a quote from a photographer that said he describes himself as "an artist rather than a craftsman - it's not his job to replicate things as they are, but rather to present an idea." Sounds like permission to add the crow!