Back to the other end of the city today and the Webb Bridge. I wasn’t totally happy with the image I processed the other day. I thought the first photo, which is, let’s face it, just a documentary shot of the bridge was much better. I had thought I wouldn’t do any more “art” photos of it, but when I was looking at them, I had an idea that I wanted to try.
I had this idea that I could make the mouth of the bridge shine and invite you into it. I wanted to make it warmer than the rest of the image, but I also wanted to be careful because I know I can overdo the warm bit. I hope this is okay. I also blurred the sky, and then blurred the background so the sky has been blurred twice.
If it is alright for me to say this, but I am rather happy with this image. I like the tones and the lighting, though it is hard to believe it was taken at about 2 in the afternoon. I should just show you the original, well the original HDR image. Oh, it has also been cropped a little as well.
This image turned out so strange, even in the original HDR the lighting is quite surreal. I think it suits what I had in mind so much.
- Photomatix Pro – 4 image HDR
- Layers on layers
- Normal layer layered on top of warmed layer and blended
- Mask added and only certain parts were masked so the warming layer could come through
- new layer added, then blur added, masked so only sky was blurred
- another new layer, then more blur, masked so only highlights were not blurred
- Image darkened with curves, then a certain section lightened
- finally a vignetting was applied
I didn’t really do a lot, not compared to some, and I think that is probably why this one worked and the other didn’t. I just wanted the entrance of the bridge to be more. I think I knew what I wanted before I actually started on this one, and somehow, I knew what I needed to do. I love that the image also looks like it was taken at night more.
I hope you have been enjoying the tutorials I’ve been doing. I don’t know if they are helpful, but many of you do seem to enjoy them.
I just wanted to say that I have added a new page at the top called Tutorials and there you will find a list of ones that I have done. Hopefully that will make it easier for people to find them.
I am behind in everything again, hopefully can catch up tomorrow. I spent a lot of time today getting some handouts ready for my first real class this Saturday in Eltham at Living Learning Nillumbik. Still some places if anyone is interested.