White-tailed Kite in Action! by mikegifford

White-tailed Kite in Action!

Like all the different poses. How is it going for you with fires and smoke?
September 15th, 2020  
Great capture
September 15th, 2020  
That is neat - what a good looking bird they are.
September 15th, 2020  
@jgpittenger Bad air is terrible, fires are a travesty for everyone. Fires seem to be everywhere. Hopefully they can get under control soon.
September 15th, 2020  
A spectacular series of shots Mike. I am so sorry you have to contend with all the smoke and other devastating effects from those fires!
September 15th, 2020  
Cool capture.
September 15th, 2020  
Superb
September 15th, 2020  
@mikegifford i sure hope so. We saw the sun and patches of blue today for first time in a week
September 15th, 2020  
A magical set of shots!
September 15th, 2020  
great set!
September 15th, 2020  
Fantabulous!
September 15th, 2020  
Excellent fav
September 15th, 2020  
Stunning shots Fav
September 15th, 2020  
Wonderful
September 15th, 2020  
Awesome work of art. Super fav!
September 15th, 2020  
beautifully done. How did you combine all the different shots?
September 15th, 2020  
@pusspup Having a consistent sky makes the combination of these types of captures easier, and with a smokey sky it's even easier. First edit and adjust all the images separately in something like Lightroom. Crop to a size that keeps details and sharpen/noise reduce as desired. Combination step is to load all the files as layers into Photoshop and align them all in the order or sequence you're trying to show. Create a background layer for all the images (new sky, etc.). For this one I used a color that matched most of the images. Now the tricky part - for the individual images/layers that don't tonal match, use either a curves or levels adjustment (I prefer a curves adjustment) and slowly tweak until it matches the background. Do this for all layers and mask out any overlays to reveal all the subjects as desired. You can also have overlapping subjects if you want. NOTE: if you want to change the entire background sky (sky replacement) you have to not only balance the luminosity/tones you need to blend your color balancing with the new sky.
September 15th, 2020  
Fabulous
September 16th, 2020  
Awesome, so amazing!
September 27th, 2020  
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