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Old 09-03-2007, 04:04 PM
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What to do with the sky

I took this picture this spring while I was vacationing in Northern Minnesota along Lake Superior. It was a cold windy day, I guess they all are. I made some adjustments in Photoshop to bring out the colors. I like the picture but something is missing in the sky. I’m not sure what it is. Is it the color, the lack of clouds? I don’t think a sunset is appropriate. Any suggestions on what I should do, as well as how to do it? Your help will be appreciated.
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Old 09-03-2007, 06:55 PM
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Re: What to do with the sky

I added some (gradient) blue to the sky and a very light fluffing of clouds.

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Old 09-03-2007, 07:26 PM
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Re: What to do with the sky

I think the photo looks a little flat.

Replaced the sky with one that had some clouds. Used levels to bring our more color and global contrast. Land on left of image was selected to give contrast boost using levels. Last - Local Contrast Enhancement using Unsharp Mask filter.
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Old 09-03-2007, 07:34 PM
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I took this picture this spring while I was vacationing in Northern Minnesota along Lake Superior. It was a cold windy day, I guess they all are. I made some adjustments in Photoshop to bring out the colors. I like the picture but something is missing in the sky. I’m not sure what it is. Is it the color, the lack of clouds? I don’t think a sunset is appropriate. Any suggestions on what I should do, as well as how to do it? Your help will be appreciated.
Don't know what your original looked like but the version you posted is jpeg'd all to crap. It's quite possible that your original sky can be retrieved and brought into a usable state, probably with the red channel which usually has most of the contrast and drama in a sky, but what you've posted has no information, just large 8x8 pixel blocks of jpeg patterns.
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Old 09-03-2007, 09:48 PM
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Re: What to do with the sky

Check out my vidoe tutorial on "Fixing a Blownout sky" In the tutorial forum or from my web site.
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Old 09-03-2007, 11:27 PM
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Re: What to do with the sky

I just replaced sky. Didn't seem much else to do. Matter of taste but you can't go by someone, like me, that has no art ability whatsoever.
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Old 09-04-2007, 05:41 AM
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I just replaced sky. Didn't seem much else to do. Matter of taste but you can't go by someone, like me, that has no art ability whatsoever.
It's a nice looking sky, but you have to deal with that fringe from the previous background that's outlining your trees.

Try this: Duplicate your background layer and place it directly above your masked foreground layer. Name it "Defringe"

Layer>Create Clipping Mask to restrict the information in Defringe to only the pixels visible in the foreground layer.

Set the blending mode to Multiply.

Hide the layer with a layer mask.

Now move in close and with a small brush at low opacity, paint white into the mask everywhere you see an unwanted fringe from the old background. In theory, you could just create a selection and expand it slightly to move the edges over the fringe area (Eismann does something like that, I believe) but I find that you get better results by customizing the defringing to the actual needs of the image. Some areas will need more than others, but at some point, you will reveal enough of the multiplied pixels to match the lighter fringe pixels to the new background.

Takes a little time, but the results are worth it.
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:11 AM
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Re: What to do with the sky

It's a nice shot, Regez. Yes, IMO the sky needs a bit more character. Then pop the color saturation a bit. I even added a bit of mist over the water. Your taste may vary of course. Do all this on your non-compressed image (w/o the excessive jpeg artifacting) and you should have a winner.
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Old 09-04-2007, 12:31 PM
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Re: What to do with the sky

Just keep in mind that sometimes less is more. I think your scene is interesting enough that you don't need to worry about adding in clouds. A clear sky can be just as pretty.
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Old 09-04-2007, 02:48 PM
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Re: What to do with the sky

I just had to try bringing out the sky that was there. The jpg artifacting that edgework talked about sure did make the job harder. There was great satisfaction in proving in the end that it could be done, though I finally gave up on fighting with posterization. Here's your photo, with its own sky revealed.

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