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Playing around with Photoshop trying to see how I could modify the lighting and ambiance artificially, after pasting a sunset sky in a daytime photo.

This probably won’t stay on here for long…

Below is the original shot (made with my Nikon D60), with a blown sky, a rather flat lighting and dull colours.

I applied a pseudo HDR process, then used several curves, levels, colour adjustment layers, pasted a new sky, added a warm filter layer, added two golden cloud layers for additional light, plus some texture of mine, and spent some time dodging and burning on a 50% gray overlay layer.

Oh, and I boosted the red of the little house’s roof with a solid colour layer at low opacity, blended in overlay.

Finally cropped in a square format.



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  • nadine henley
    nadine henleyover 5 years ago

    i think that works really well, johanne! depth of field is great and you’ve made the light look believable – it’s like a Constable painting

  • Thank you Nadine! Yes, I can see the similarities now with John Constable’s work, especially in the sky. I’m glad that you find the light believable; it means that I can continue to explore that possibility. :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • TickerGirl
    TickerGirlover 5 years ago

    I like this photo Johanne. The textures and crop work very well here.

  • Thank you Monika! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersover 5 years ago

    Wonderful result Jo! Love the textures here :)

  • Thank you so much, Ursula!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Carole Brunet
    Carole Brunetover 5 years ago

    Wow! sis. I just deleted mine two days ago….because I don’t have time to process them! I like the way you gave a warmer mood.

  • Thank you Sister! We must go again this fall and make new shots then…. perhaps with wide angle lenses this time?

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinover 5 years ago

    Wow the light is so believable!! Love the lines leading up to the little house.

  • Thank you so much for your appreciation of the light Vikram, it means a lot to me. Makes me think that I’m on the right track… :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Carole Boudreau
    Carole Boudreauover 5 years ago

    Wonderfull work Johanne, relly has the feel of a oil painting

  • Thank you Carole!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • barefootpaul
    barefootpaulover 5 years ago

    I think it works very well. It does have a painting feel to it and does seem realistic as such. Why not keep it in here?

  • Thank you for your lovely comment Paul! I might keep it a while longer then… :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • John44
    John44over 5 years ago

    A fine job done Johanne..
    Compliments from Ile Perrot

  • Thank you John! You’re in Quebec? How long are you staying?

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Tadoette
    Tadoetteover 5 years ago

    terrific shot!!!

  • John44
    John44over 5 years ago

    One more week Johanne..
    We have a nice time in Ile Perrot
    Yester day we went up North .. to la village de Pere Noel avec les enfants et apres une stop a Saint Sauveur
    A bientot chere Amie

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