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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Magical Swamp

I don't usually manipulate the images out of the camera. In 99.99% the only processing done to photos is cropping and resizing + slight sharpening if necessary. Wildlife photography should be true to life and realistic, but also emotionally intriguing and involving...
After all my attempts to close the aperture and get a deep DOF where both birds are in focus failed, I decided to play with Photoshop and create a composite image out of the two photos below. Of course, the result looks artificial, but I think there is certain appeal and strangeness in it which make it a bit magical. It is still true to life, just an image that my lens was incapable to produce, a montage not a collage.

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  1. Hi Nickolay!
    I've missed your pics and posts. I also believe in keeping images true to life, but every once in a while, you have to have fun!
    Great shot!

  2. Hi Dave!

    Thank you!
    I've been missing blogging a lot, but even more I have been missing reading friends' blogs!
    I hope that it will only be one or two more weeks and I will be able to start doing it regularly again. I haven't stopped taking photos, but don't have time to even look at them and the amount of images that need to be sorted and reviewed is approaching disastrous numbers :(

    Just spotted a beautiful Woodpecker thumbnail on my 'Dashboard following' page that you have recently uploaded. I hope to be able to catch up with your new posts very soon. And a white Owl! I'm sure there are many more...

    Best regards from Hobart

  3. Thank you, Mick!

    Thanks for not forgetting about this blog. I've been a very bad blogger recently :(

    Best regards!
    I hope you're doing well and it's warmer up North in NSW. We didn't have any summer here this year...