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Got any tips of the trade ?

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Wel l since I have been in picture taking mode I thought some people would find these tips and methods useful… I also thought this could be a great way to learn from each other :thumbsup:

Many times we all have seen pictures of mounts where there is no smooth transition between the head/neck/breast junction. People always say that the skin needed to be "taxied" forward. Odds are many people are thinking "what the heck does "taxi-ing" mean.

Here is a bird where you can see a head with a thin neck ending abruptly into a wide breast…

All I did was pull the breast skin forward toward the head to thicken the neck up and to give it a smoother transition for a more pleasing look. This literally takes less than a minute to pull the skin forward and to work the feathers back into place. This is what is ment by "taxi'ing the skin forward". Now you can pull too much forward for the no neck appearance so it is always a judgement call as to how much do you adjust. I did some modification to this hen after the picture but thought you would get the idea.

Another easy fix is the mud or rust stain found on many birds breast and neck areas. On this pintail you can see it has quite a bit of stain…

All I did was applied some Whink's to the stained areas with the feathers being wet. Within a few seconds you will see the stain simply disappear. A second application may be needed if you miss a spot. After the stains are gone I just rinse the skin in water and proceed. There are numerous products that do the same thing so this is just what I use.

I use latex gloves because of certain chemicals so I wanted to share a great brand of them I have used for the past few years. They are super strong and can be taken off and re-used multiple times. I originally bought a box for 14$ from a supplier but have since found that you can buy them for 7$ a box straight from the company. You can hardly by the cheap, rip if you look at them wrong brands for that.

I really want to get other's input on this topic since we are never too old to learn new tricks. Some of us take for granted that we use this or that because it has just been how we learned way back when even though some better method or product has existed. If you have any tip about this or that please post it up.
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This was finished today. Really like he outcome. I used poplar wood and then took a wire wheel on a grinder and removed some of the softer material inbetween the grain. From there did 2 coats of minwax classic grey stain making the sunk in parts dark. Then used a light coat of minwax white wash pickling stain to lighten up the surface. It does not need to be perfect or everywhere. Last I used another coat of the classic grey

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Downey from what I understand cuts the soap and helps fluff the down. I soak mine for about 10 minutes. Only thing I do notice is it takes forever to rinse downey out After. From the sounds of it you may not be rinsing well enough or if the feathers look or feel greasy it may be a combination of washing and rinsing.

Rinsing is one thing I struggled with for awhile. I found if I do not use a sprayer of some sort (sink sprayer or shower head) they never get rinsed enough.
Interesting, I may just have to try without one time, just the way I was shown and explained to me.

I believe the talk was the alky property of dawn if I'm not mistaken.
Just tried no downey on a goldeneye. Seemed to rinse quicker but beyond that really didn't notice mich of a difference compared to using it.
Doesn't smell as good though. :smile:

Actually the goldeneye is one of yours Brian. Shot back in 2010 in WA. It was gifted to Jim Macnamara and he was going through his freezer before I went down there and asked if I wanted it.
You guys mus use some small shot, I'm guessing swat shot on cripples like we do 2 3/4" #7s.
That actually looks very nice. I have seen pan pastels used in the past on a youtube video just never could find them locally. I may look into these a bit more, seems like it may be better to detail this way over the airbrush.

Do you have to seal inbetween each layer or after your done layering one color to go on to the next.
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