Make a sky more dramatic

Started Jan 9, 2008 | Discussions
ckb Veteran Member • Posts: 3,989
Make a sky more dramatic

Anyone care to share how they would make this sky and image better?

Link to 4x12 image here http://www.pbase.com/ckb/image/91448814/original
Yes, I know I need to clean the sensor. Some is from the rain.
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RayGuselli
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Dramatic sky - quick try

Ray

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Mike Warren Veteran Member • Posts: 8,509
Re: Make a sky more dramatic

ckb wrote:

Anyone care to share how they would make this sky and image better?

Link to 4x12 image here http://www.pbase.com/ckb/image/91448814/original
Yes, I know I need to clean the sensor. Some is from the rain.
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Hi Chris,

Really nice capture!

I cloned out a few spots
Ran Focus Fixer 2.4

Duped layers:
30% Soft Light
15% Hard Light
5% Vivid Light
15% Overlay

Flattened
Channel Mixer Velvia 120% -10% -10% etc.
Ran Noise Ninja

Hi-Res:
http://www.mikedubu.com/6Iy6U2jk.Sky_mw_rt.jpg.zip

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Daviskw
Daviskw Senior Member • Posts: 2,770
Re: Make a sky more dramatic

Very nice Ray... maybe a little technique tutorial sometime

Buzzman Senior Member • Posts: 1,514
Re: Make a sky more dramatic

my try- ran itthtough the rw converter cs3 - then boost saturation
in Ps- and a little Little pwl.

Buzz

BrianRu Regular Member • Posts: 491
Re: Make a sky more dramatic

I put it through lucis art and saturated with sponge tool.

OP ckb Veteran Member • Posts: 3,989
Ray

Always love your sky retouches. Thanks. If you have time would you share your workflow.
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OP ckb Veteran Member • Posts: 3,989
Mike

Thanks for the workflow. I will try to follow it.
Very nice work.
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OP ckb Veteran Member • Posts: 3,989
Buzz

Thanks for working on this. I forgot about PWL. Nice job on this.
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OP ckb Veteran Member • Posts: 3,989
Brian

Wish I could afford LA. I like what you have done here (just not my dirty sensor so much). Thanks.
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Buzzman Senior Member • Posts: 1,514
Re: Buzz

thanks-- actually there was very little pwl. Most of the saturation was done by playing with the sliders in raw and a saturation boost in each color along with a contrast boost in Ps. Everthinhg in the edit is from the origonal --also no cloning either. The whole process only took 2-3 min.
Buzz

RayGuselli
RayGuselli Forum Pro • Posts: 16,452
Re: Ray.....workflow

Hi CKB

because the sky was so interesting it made the retouch both fun and easier to do....at least for me....

I duplicated layer
top layer mode to multiply
Mask out so the land is not darkened
Flatten
Duplicate layer again
Levels adjustment to taste
Curves to taste

(Trying to create contrast etc)

Then flatten

Duplicate layers.

On top layer PWL to create light areas in the sky and also on the land.

In particular I selected the buildings to lighten.

Darken clouds with PWL set to burn

Flatten

Duplicate layer.

Top layer to soft light

Mask back the land and adjust opacity.

Hope that helps a little.

Best wishes

Ray

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David Sutton Contributing Member • Posts: 802
Re: Make a sky more dramatic

Added contrast, PWL, then a bi-color filter:

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Buzzman Senior Member • Posts: 1,514
Re: Brian

Great sjy Brian- but personally- I would have darkened the foreground. That would bring out the beautiful sky more, that you created. Just my opinion!!
Buzz

OP ckb Veteran Member • Posts: 3,989
David

Very cool. How did you make the filter?
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David Sutton Contributing Member • Posts: 802
Re: David

Thanks! The bi-color filter was one of the NIK Color Effects filters that comes with that plugin. There are some no-cost ways to do this with gradient layers and color layering, but that happened to be the fastest way I had

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jdoo Senior Member • Posts: 2,962
With ACR (Lightroom) only

Settings for ACR/Lightroom
Exposure: -0.35
Recovery: 69
Fill Light: 2
Blacks: 32
Brightness: +44
Contrast: 0

Clarity: 17
Vibrance: +21
Saturation: +2

Highlights: 0
Lights: +34
Darks: -17
Shadows: 0

Saturation
Red: -4
Orange: -1
Yellow: +6
Green: +10
Aqua: +4
Blue: +18
Purple: +17
Magenta: 0

Noise Reduction
Luminance: 70
Color: 26

Sharpening
Amount: 85
Radius: 1.0
Detail: 25
Masking: 0
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Buzzman Senior Member • Posts: 1,514
Re: David

You can do that in Photoshop by creating a 2 crlor gradient. (on a duplicate layer) Actually - there are several other ways to do this also. If you are interested in another way- let me know. Gradients can be tricky if you don't know how to use them. It was for me,anyway!!!.
Buzz

OP ckb Veteran Member • Posts: 3,989
Thank You (nt)
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OP ckb Veteran Member • Posts: 3,989
Thanks Ray (nt)
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