Gentle Summer's Evening

Lois  Bryan

Joined August 2008

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Featured in Image Writing June 4, 2010.
Featured in Light of Love June 3, 2010.
Placed in Top Ten in You’re Accepted Group’s “Through The Fence” challenge March 24, 2009.
Featured in Live, Love, Dream February 1, 2009.
Featured in Nirvana February 1, 2009.

I’ve posted the horizontal of this image previously … but decided to give the vertical a shot as well .. I like the fencing and lovely, jumbled grasses in the foreground, and although I liked the clear soft blue skies of the original, I just couldn’t help adding some lovely fluffy clouds that I had tucked away.

Update, June 3, 2010 … replaced the original with a Photomatix Pro hdr version created from three Photoshopped jpeg images, evals at +/-2.

This compilation was very easy … and if someone’s been wanting to give it a try here’s really all you do. Open both images in Photoshop, or a similar program. Do what needs to be done to your images … clone off weird spots or airplanes or what have you. Put them through levels … contrast … whatever you like.

Now, you should have a base image … and something to go over or into it. In my case, the base image was the one with the clouds. By the way, I frequently shoot simple things like clouds or walls or branches or other plain things to use in compilations later on. You’d be surprised what comes in handy!!

My onto / into image was the one with the barn. What I wanted to do was extract … or take out … the barn and grass and glom that onto the cloud shot. In this case, extracting the barn and the trees and grass was very easy, as the sky behind was pure, simple blue. So basically, I “selected” the blue, then hit “inverse” … so that the highlighted area became everything BUT the sky. I then used the move tool (the little arrow thing up at the top left) and clicked on the barn and literally MOVED that section over to the layer with the clouds. Once there, I hit “free transform” which is under the Edit function … and resized the barn image to fit into the cloud image perfectly. Double click to finish off the transform and you’re basically done. Now, in this case there was still a bit of bright blue sky hiding in the leaves of the trees … so that took a bit of cloning to get rid of. Then I hit the whole top of the tree line with the blur tool to blend everything in better. I didn’t blur the top of the barn, though, as I wanted it to stand out crisp and clean from the sky. Any questions, b-mail me and I’ll try to help out!! Oh, by the way, there are a zillion ways to do everything in Photoshop … so I’m sure there are other / better ways to do this. But … this works for meeee!!

The image of the barn was taken July 25, 2008 along route 220, south of Bedford, Pennsylvania in the late afternoon with the Nikon D40x, using the 18-135mm lens. The shot of the sky was taken in February of 2008 near Damascus, Maryland.

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