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6 May 2013 16:38
60 x 60 This hour glass lasts almost exactly an hour. I photographed it in action once every 10 seconds. Every 5 seconds would have been better but the flash would probably have over heated and stopped working. To get over that, I combined two images to make one in between them, ending up with 720 images rather than 360. They were merged as a video condensing the one hour pouring into 60 seconds.
A nick-name for the Grey Heron is the “Grim Reaper”, because of its gaunt appearance and the way it crouches while hunting fish. Here’s a short video of the Grim Reaper taking off and in flight.

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Color Range

The series of videos covering Selecting in Photoshop concludes with Color Range. The Color Range function can select parts of an image based on colour or tone. Need to adjust only the highlights, mid-tones or shadows of an image, then it can be done with Color Range. Tones can be modified or used to create a unique graphic effect.

Learn more about Photoshop with Selecting in Photoshop with the use of Color Range. Selection can be made via colours or tones...

Black Cat on a Broomstick
I was keen to find out what the family cat did at night-time and why the broomstick was getting a bit worn out. Finally I was able to keep up with him but taking such a photograph in very low light was not easy.

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The second new Filmlet shows the end of time as an hour-glass runs out of sand. If only Einstein had used an hour-glass, he might have been able to update his time-space theory.

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Here are two new Filmlets.
The first is speeded-up time with 12 hours compressed into 1 minute.

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Winter can be the time for murmurations, which is the posh way of saying flocks of starlings. The largest flocks in Britain can involve 70,000 birds sweeping, ducking and diving. In my area they might be only a few thousand but they still look spectacular. Here is a short film of them in action and landing for the night in a large hedge. There are some sparrows hawks among them as well.
The video was taken with a DSLR.... The video function on such cameras can work well on some subjects, such as doing interviews or landscapes when on a tripod. Using them for this sort of wildlife photography is a different matter. The digital chip in a DSLR is of a different type from that in a dedicated video camera. A video camera will expose the whole chip in one go; a DSLR will expose from the top down. With a fast pan, this can cause distortion in one direction and a judder in the other.
In normal use, we press the eye against the viewfinder for framing the image and focusing. This also gives good support as the head, arms and body are making a human tripod. With a DSLR in video mode, the mirror is locked up and the image is viewed on the screen on the back of the camera. To do this, we have to hold the camera away from the face. There is much less support and manual focusing is virtually impossible. OK, you can buy shoulders supports for cameras, but they are expensive and restrict movement a lot.

In conclusion, for anyone covering a range of video subjects a proper video camera can be a much better bet.

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Edit video with Photoshop Starlings flying in flocks and landing in a hedge for the night. Followed by much murmuration and bir...

This is the finished image of the cat in the last post. The Refine Edge function was used on the cat and the liquid.

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Masks and Refine Edges
Some selections are a doddle; many are not.
Selecting in Photoshop Number 7 is about the Refine Edge function. Here we can perfect the edge selection of tricky subjects like hair and fur.

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Selecting In Photoshop - 6
The three colours of Red, Green and Blue make up an image. They are known as Channels. At times, one of these channels can be used when selecting a subject within the image. It can be quick and effective.
This video shows how to do it: Making a selection in Photoshop by using Channels

Affinity Photo
Many people are quite satisfied with an older version of Photoshop or with Elements. It does everything they need and various upgrades bring no advantage. This is no good for Adobe, of course, because they are not selling anything. So along comes Adobe Creative Cloud. Now every programme has to be rented. All the upgrades are automatic but the cost to the consumer is high in the long-term.
It’s still possible to buy Photoshop CS6, although it’s hard to find on ...the Adobe site. In due course, it’s likely the older versions of PS will not run on new computers, so we’ll be stuck with Elements or renting the CC version.

Not so. Here is the GOOD NEWS. There’s a new kid on the block. Since September there is ‘Affinity Photo’. Already it’s over 90% as good as Photoshop and it costs only £40 or around $60. Virtually everything can be done on non-destructive layers and some of its features work better than PS. There’s a free trial and a comprehensive list of training videos.

Worth a look folks.

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Affinity Photo - the fastest, smoothest, most precise professional image editing software, exclusively for Mac.

Using a Grey Card
Achieving a good white balance has to start in the camera with the photograph. A Grey Card can be the best way to do this. It doesn't take long and can be worth the trouble with some images. This short video shows how.

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What is White Balance?
What is Colour Temperature?
It’s all about getting accurate colour in your photographs no matter what type of light there is around....
It might all look white light to use, but digital and film think differently. Light bulbs, fluorescent tubes, sunshine, clouds, snow in the hills will all display different amounts of red and blue in the light. White Balance is the means of keeping things neutral and not having unpleasant colour casts over your photos. See the video . . . . .

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Wooden Puzzle
This has nothing to do with Photoshop but for entertainment only. Puzzles can be infuriating so here is a way to start solving a wooden puzzle which builds into a die of nine pieces. It's not a complete solution so the brain still has to do something.

A solution and clues for a nine piece wooden puzzle that makes up as a die or dice.

Selecting in Photoshop Part 5 Covers Paths.
All the necessary info on how to use the Pen tool is compressed into a 21 minute tutorial.

Learning Photoshop. Create paths with the Pen tool for quick and successful selections.

Red-eye can be caused when by a camera flash firing directly into someone's face. The light bounces off the retina within the eye.
It's easy to remove it from a photograph.
Here's how:

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House sparrows can be rare in many areas these days but here is a gang of them having fun at a bird feeder.

House sparrows having a good feed on a garden bird feeder.