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Old 06-30-2004, 03:44 AM
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Clouds oops they disappeared...hehehehe

I suppose it might help if I attached the actual image so here goes.

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Old 06-30-2004, 10:44 AM
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Rob,

Thanks for participating in this thread. Your first example is good, but perhaps a tad too bright and hard edged to be realistic. Also the rays on the left look like they are coming from the dark cloud vs. sunlight breaking through an opening in the cloud. They would work well as search light beams (grin).

Now your second example is much better. You were spot on about the spacing of the first being too regular. These rays also appear softer and that hard edge is gone. Nicely done!

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Old 06-30-2004, 10:54 AM
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Judi,

First off, thanks for joining this thread. I like the darkened image you have created …very stormy looking. I also really like the softness and the different size rays you have created. Nicely done! I might erase the outer left and right rays as it looks like you might be stretching that angle a bit. The only thing that really bothers me is that the image is so dark except for the white cloud that it makes you question the light source. Of course there may be a UFO in that cloud …then all you would have to add is a person in the beam (smile). Good job and thanks for sharing your steps!

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Old 06-30-2004, 05:48 PM
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Here is another quick example.

Main technique here is to create an outline selection for the ray with a feather of say about 8 pixels (you will have to adjust accordingly for your image and resolution). This will soften the ray. Drag a White to Transparent linear gradient about halfway through the selection starting from the light source. Then deselect your selection. The results are very realistic light rays. You can further adjust the opacity of the ray layer as necessary. Also try placing the rays on different layers and varying the opacity, thickness, angle and so on.
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Old 06-30-2004, 08:18 PM
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Thumbs down Really Nice.....

I really like this example allot. Good work.
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Old 06-30-2004, 09:25 PM
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Yes you are right. I had overlooked that white cloud. Oh well, us Aussies make boo boos here and there...LOL.

I also agree with your comment on the outside rays overstepping the mark. Will keep that in mind for the next one.

But glad you liked the storminess. I love clouds and what they can interpret. They can be calm and yet intimidating. Oh well, thanks for letting me have a go anyhow..

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Old 07-18-2004, 01:53 PM
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Hiya,

Nice subject
Very nice examples and explanations too.
I hope I'm not digressing from the subject here and should start a new thread
My problem is this : a few days ago I shot some seaside skies and sunrays at the beach : you can see what I made of it here :
http://www.pbase.com/gina_dl/seaside
I'll attach the two starter pics because I'm not feeling completely satisfied in getting the effect I want and would like to ask you guys and girls if you know some better way-not painting in some more rays- but how to bring out the most dramatic rays without losing the details of the sand and people.
I'll attach one pic here and one in the next post. If this is not the appropriate thread I sincerely apologize.

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Old 07-18-2004, 02:00 PM
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As you can see the rays are quite faint-tips on capturing this sort of thing better in camera are also appreciated - in one picture they are practically all in the same slant direction, in the other they fan out more.
I mostly did a levels-saturation adjustment and then tried with blending modes to bring out the rays more-mostly hard light I think-
Thx in advance for your replies

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Old 07-19-2004, 03:05 AM
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Hi Gina, had a play with your second image. What I did is as follows.

1. Duplicate layer.
2. Desaturate Dupl. layer.
3. Set blend mode to Overlay.
4. Adjust Opacity to about 80%.
5. Add graduated layer mask (black/clear) from bottom to waterline.
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Old 07-19-2004, 03:45 AM
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Hi Gary,

thx for giving it a go!
With this method the rays are certainly more distinctive!


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