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We're looking to the sky today as we try a different star trail technique. We're also collecting skies that can easily be placed into an image in Photoshop.
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This is one that I have used a couple of times.
We get amazing skies here, very rarely do we have a plain grey or white sky and the clouds are fabulous too, I often photograph the sky so I can add it to a photo that has a flat white one, I added a sky to a photo which had a flat over exposed sky and it looked really good, unfortunately it's on my PC so I can't upload it, grrrrrrr
Quote: We're looking to the sky today as we try a different star trail technique. We're also collecting skies that can easily be placed into an image in Photoshop.
Grrr, the sky is string enough to work on its own instead of ruining it by placing it into another image, or worse, making a dreadful silhouette
Star trails though, thumbs up
What do you mean? You're against putting skies into other photos?
here is one from last year:
Unfortunately the sky was a littly hazy, spoiling the star display somewhat - but the moonlight was very pleasing.
Not at all, just the assumption that a sky image has to be used in this way instead of letting the image stand alone, although a sky like the one above would be tricky to incorporate into an existing image purely on the basis that it would look false unless subtle hues were added to the foreground image too, unless its a silhouette.
Edit, not the image above but the image above that lol
I don't think anyone said it HAS to be used in that way, just it can and to photograph skies to keep for that reason should it arise.
I've got a collection of skies, all taken by myself and they do come in handy sometimes.
My recent giraffe pic. being a good example.
I agree that you need to use an appropriate one for your subject but with care and a little patience, replacing the sky can make all the difference.
There was recently a tutorial on here about it, one of Pete's, I think, which is worth looking for.
Yes, the photo I recently added a sky to I had to make sure the sky matched the colours and brightness of the rest of the photo, the sky I was replacing was white and I had a hedgerow with lots of spindly branches sticking up which I couldn't cut around effectively so I made sure clouds went behind them so the white bits matched.
I had to do that with my giraffe. The neck is all spiky.
That's one of the reasons that it's been flipped over compared to the previous one.
It had to sit on the cloud so I had to flip one image or the other. I chose the giraffe.
It had to sit on the cloud .........................
you don't see many giraffes sitting on clouds....................
Quote: you don't see may giraffes sitting on clouds....................
Might give the poor beast a sore throat..!!!!
I chucked a few lumps of coal in and have managed to fire up the computer for a short while, this is the photo I added a sky to.
I did this a while back.
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