This is gonna have to be a quick one……I’m JUDGING this week, folks! Boy HOWDY! There are some amazing entries this week!
So, this is gonna be fast.
First I cloned out the photographer out of the bumper of the truck. (I know…..I didn’t see it at first either! LOL Eagle eyes baby, eagle eyes!)
Then I did a boost action on it. Then reduced the yellows in hue/saturation. Then sharpened at 80/1.5/0.
Pretty nice! Acceptable…..but, it looks a little odd with that white background! So, let’s throw in a SKY! 😀
No, you are right….it’s not perfect. I’m kind of rushing a little bit. I would NOT do that for a client. But, it is what it is today.
I used another photograph I have taken of a beautiful sunset over the snow….yes, it is really pretty. Makes me want it to snow instead of these 90+ degree days…..
Anyway, I made a new layer and copy and pasted my sunset picture over top of the photo. Then, I reduced the opacity of the sunset picture until I could line up everything right: stuff like the tree line. There was a tree line in the original photo and in the sunset photo, so I had to work the 2 to match. Then I reduced the original picture back into the sunset layer a little at a time.
Then, to help the believability of the sunset, I used a brush with a light opacity and selected one of the sunset colors and did a light brush over some of the reflections on the truck. Not a lot, just a little. VIOLA! Instant sky! Cool huh? Now, I wish the ducks weren’t directly behind his head….but I was rushing. I know, I’m a slacker. Whatever. I’m trying. 😉 Embrace my slack-ness. 😀
Now, here’s another hint that will help with the sky as well: if you use an off-camera strobe (I have a sb600), then you can properly expose for the sky, while artificially lighting your subject. That will give you proper exposure on BOTH. However, I don’t do it either…..I just use a fake sky. I’m a fake-sky-making-slacker. Love me, please.
There ya go!
I enjoy long walks on the beach, long-stemmed red roses……wait…..wrong profile.
I’m just teasing. Just wanted to see who pays attention to the written diarrhea my fingers produce from this distorted mind I have.
My photographic journey began in July in 2007 where I assumed I would purchase the expensive camera, and all my photos would be breathtaking, and I’d make a kajillion dollars. People would throw their wallets at me….I’d be famous and stuff….
I learned very quickly the error in my thinking.
It meant late late nights studying all I could and practice practice PRACTICE!
I’m not the best. I’m not the worst. I am learning, and I think it’s pretty acceptable to camp out there for awhile….maybe the rest of my life. For when I have reached perfection, what more is there to do?