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Redbubble member “adgray”: is about to publish her book titled Warnambool Wreck and was looking for a suitable image.

adgray was in need of a railway bridge image for the cover and I made my way to the
Malmbsury railway bridge as I felt this fitted what she had in mind.

I took the image and submitted it to see what adgray thought.
This is that original image…

I got the feed back that she had hoped for more atmosphere to fit the story line, ie brooding dark skies ready to unleash a storm.
So with a bit of creative Photoshop I tried to create the weather conditions necessary.

This is my first attempt at seriously manipulating an image… presenting it with little resemblance to the original scene as photographed.
Normally I just do basic adjustments to tweek a correctly exposed in camera result, and the odd sky blend.

To get the end STORMY result shown….
The image was darkened
Contrast was made flatter
Blur was added
Yellow was added
Red was added
Dark vignette was added.
Some minor cloud cloning done.


  • lucyarohanui
    lucyarohanuiabout 5 years ago

    love the mood in this Joe …Awesome capture….

  • Hi lucy,
    Pleased we nailed that mood:-)

    – Joe Mortelliti

  • Joe Mortelliti
    Joe Mortellitiabout 5 years ago

    The description notes at the side tell the story…

  • Wendy  Slee
    Wendy Sleeabout 5 years ago

    IT’s a great shot with or without that oppressive atmosphere you created!

  • Thanks Wendy,
    This is one good looking bridge:-)

    – Joe Mortelliti

  • Ian Creek
    Ian Creekabout 5 years ago

    Great image joe

  • :-)

    – Joe Mortelliti

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopeabout 5 years ago

    Great image and story Joe.

  • Glad the story works for you:-)

    – Joe Mortelliti

  • Peter Hammer
    Peter Hammerabout 5 years ago

    Not a bad attempt Joe and it looks moody.

  • :-)

    – Joe Mortelliti

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanabout 5 years ago

    Spot on Joe … you achieved what you wanted with the manipulation … its great!

  • Thanks Bev,
    Pleased to get your feed back on this.

    – Joe Mortelliti

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 5 years ago

    ♥ Awesome image Joe !!! :D ♥

  • Hi Evita, thanks again

    – Joe Mortelliti

  • adgray
    adgrayabout 5 years ago

    JOE I am so sorry I have not gotten to this sooner! what happened to December? lol
    Did I thank you?
    THANK YOU!!!!
    I am so honoured to have your work grace my words!
    and thank you for your manipulation to ceate the desired effect!
    thank you!!!!!

    Chookas! ♥

    By the way …..

    thank you! =0þ

  • Thanks AD:-))

    – Joe Mortelliti

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