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Original Photo by Michelle Siranovic
Post Production by Byron.

The original colour image was washed out due to the camera pointing almost directly at the sun. The right hand side of the Fort was burnt out and had almost no texture or detail. The sky was a flat, lifeless, insipid pale blue with a huge white burn-out caused by the sun. There was a very distracting flag pole on the top of the Fort and some people on the top-left. Overall a very poor image that needed a lot of work.


  1. Converted to B&W,
  2. Hand-Select and remove sky,
  3. Copied remaining layer and converted to negative,
  4. Balanced original and negative layers to create a “Solarized” effect and to bring out detail in burnt out areas.
  5. Merged layers.
  6. Create new layer (clouds)
  7. Composite clouds into background. (Merge Layers.)
  8. Adjusted Levels.
  9. Burn in rocks around the base of the Fort.
  10. Crop.

Brisbane-based artist with a passion for grainy B&W photography and digital post-production work. I also teach photography online at The Photography Critique & Advice Group

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  • Sharon Perrett
    Sharon Perrettalmost 7 years ago

    Wow , just read the process, amazing work looks real good now, I have the Gimp too, would love to be able to so much more on it, never seem to have enough time , You did a great job with this.

    AQUALINAalmost 7 years ago

    Nice work, love the solidity and presence, like a huge man made barnicle a top that rock.

  • Michael Gatch
    Michael Gatchalmost 7 years ago

    Great post on a fantastic shot. props to you both.

  • MuscularTeeth
    MuscularTeethover 6 years ago

    you certanly know photoshop.

  • DAMcD
    DAMcDover 5 years ago

    Just spent a while imagining what else might be on top of the fort. So for me it offers rather than imposes, potential for postapocalyptic to gogodancer. Clever to mix in clouds from the same time of day/angle.

  • Brendan Schoon
    Brendan Schoonover 5 years ago

    Great work, wonderfully processed!!

  • Birgitta
    Birgittaover 5 years ago

    The perfect BG. :) Really good work here, Byron!

  • S .
    S .over 5 years ago

    hey nice work here… i like how you described the editing process i think its pretty cool cuz it looks so seemless

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 5 years ago

    I really like the texture, details and mood. Great job on an image that was not satisfactory as shot.—Rene

  • PitchArt
    PitchArtover 4 years ago

    Nice shoot I like beautiful and thanks for the watch

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