The Daily Texture for 01/09/2015
This hawk photo is probably one of the fastest photos I've completed. Photographing wildlife, I get plenty of these "butt shots", as birds often fly away and animals often run when they see me with the camera. I shot this juvenile Red Tailed Hawk recently on one of my expeditions into a new area, and he was quite far away. Normally, I wouldn't do anything with this kind of shot, but because the bird was sharp, I saved the photo.
I decided to play with this bird and the texture. I started with the texture as my first layer, and placed the bird photo on top. Starting with multiply for the layer mode on the bird photo, I went down the list until I reached "hard light". Bingo! Suddenly my retreating bird and the texture came together! I masked a little of the sky from the original photo off, revealing more of the colors and clouds in the original texture underneath. And that was it...in 5 minutes my retreating bird photo became a piece of art instead of a simple snapshot!
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