Masterclass: Post processing

Challenge #3 in the Masterclass: series. Hosted by Alvatrus.
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Show us your prowess in post processing. - It can be a subte effect, of an all-out image altering exercise! As with all the challenges in this series, in the description you need to explain what effect you wanted to achieve, and how you achieved this. Show us some creative ways to use post-processing.
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Sea Eagle Sunset
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Superimposed this sea eagle shot that had a boring grey sky background onto a sunset shot. Initially the background had its original sharpness which didn't look very realistic so ended up applying a bit of gaussian blur to the background to give it a depth of field feel. Tried to combine these two images to produce a stunning yet believable image... The eagle was a wild one but shot very closeup hand held from a boat - so the full 12mp looks great.
Submitted: Wednesday, 19th May, 2010 23:47 (GMT)
Taken: Sunday, 7th December, 2008
Focal length: 44 mm
Shutter speed: 1/20 sec
Aperture: F8
ISO: 800
Views: 565
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