Saturday, May 23, 2009

Old Wheel -- Brooks Alberta Landscape Photographer

Here is an example of what you can do to fix a blown out sky. On the day I shot this the sky was overcast and gray (not to interesting). I couldn't sit around waiting for the clouds to break up so I composed the image and planned to spruce it up in post. If the sky did look like this when I took the picture I would have used a graduated filter (or 2) to get the same effect.

To get the final image I brought the original photo into Photoshop, cut out the sky and brought in the sky from another photo. Once the photos were layered on top of each other I used a digital graduated filter to get the effect I was looking for






The way I look at is if you know what you would have needed to do in the field to get this shot if/when it presented itself then you can create what you saw in your mind when it doesn't. Does that make sense?




Here are the images I used



here are the layers involved

7 comments:

  1. holy crumb that is one cool pictures. Way too techie for my brain at the moment but fabulous to look at none the less.

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  2. What version of photoshop are you using? How did you "cut out" the sky? (what's the tool called) Details Rich details!

    I just have Elements 4 but I've just discovered filters on photoshop. Very fun!

    Great pic!!!

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  3. for this image I used Photoshop CS2. to cut out the sky i just used the magic selection tool (I think Elements 4 has it) since the sky was all white it was just one click. Then I just pressed delete.

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  4. I've updated the posting to reflect more accurately the process and layers involved. Notice that the new sky is in between the original layer and layer with the cut out sky.

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  5. Sadly, that was pretty much over my head...BUT...it is a beautiful picture. You may be recruited to do some pics of my new baby, if you are available for that! You really are spectacularly(sp?) talented!

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  6. wow - if my batteries have enough power to take a picture i figure im on fire! but i will happily bask in your brilliance =)

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