CHATEAU DE FORCALQUEIRET 3 by BYRON

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Despite the fact that it was quite a cloudy day, (see ‘’"CASTLE FORCALQUIERET 2’’":http://images-2.redbubble.com/img/art/size:larg... ) these are not the original clouds.

This wall is directly facing the setting sun and was very over exposed and due to the large area in darkness on the lower half, the camera overexposed everything, especially the sky which had completely washed out.

As much as I object to photographers compositing into an image things that weren’t there, this is very much how the day actually looked.

I will always advise clients anytime compositing has been done in Post Production.

PROCESS:
-Import original colour image.
-Convert to B&W (Desaturate).
-Create Negative Mask layer and adjust Opacity.
-Merge Layers.
-Select by Contiguous Colour and remove original washed-out sky.
-Import clouds as Layer.
-Convert clouds to B&W (Desaturate).
-Move/position clouds.
-Rotate clouds slightly to better suit perspective.
-Merge Layers.
-Adjust Levels.
-Selective burning of Highlights and Midtones on the rocks on the pathway and some over-exposed areas on the rock wall to the far right of the archway.
-Create new Layer (transparency).
-Add Noise to new layer to create grain effect.
-Adjust Opacity of new ‘’Noise Layer.’’
-Merge Layers.
-Adjust Levels.
-Scale Image to 2766×3840 pixels per inch at 150dpi.
-Save As .PNG file type – Compression Level 9.


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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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Comments

  • HenkStolk
    HenkStolkover 6 years ago

    wonderful frame. Good angle, nice surrealistic contrast

  • AdamDonnelly
    AdamDonnellyover 6 years ago

    Looks a little spooky! Very nicely done

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 6 years ago

    Hey Byron! I love the way this ancient stone structure seems to rise from the underworld, guided my the dimly lit pathway. Nice dramatic sky with an almost infrared vibe. This has got to be the rear entrance to Dr. Frankenstein`s lab… Cool shot, nice job!!

  • Kate Towers IPA
    Kate Towers IPAover 6 years ago

    good atmosphere, works well in b&w

  • Amy-lee Foley
    Amy-lee Foleyover 6 years ago

    Brilliant :o)

    Amy-lee
    xXxOoO

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 6 years ago

    I like the way you composed this shot. The darkness at the bottom leads your eye into the entrance. Nice image.

  • Ben Herman
    Ben Hermanover 6 years ago

    mysteriously romantic.

  • jwinman
    jwinmanover 5 years ago

    beautiful, moody light.

  • MikaelaMartinez
    MikaelaMartinezover 5 years ago

    This is GREAT!

  • JanT
    JanTover 5 years ago

    Cool. Would love to see what the real clouds lacked. Great dark blacks, good greys, and a super composition. Thanks also for the steps.

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