Views 87 Unique 55
Vote 46
Award Shortlist   

North of Jackson

By KingBee
Some days you piddle about, image-wise, can't find anything to work with, and end up doing nothing - one of the reasons I don't visit ePz every day.

As some of you will be aware, I have been known to replace the odd sky in an image where the original lacks interest. Well, today I was tinkering with ON1 PhotoRAW 2020, a program I don't use very often - no idea why other than I have too much PP software as is - and, quite coincidentally, I came across a YouTube video explaining how to drop in a new sky using certain ON1 blending, etc features I didn't know the program has, and this is the result. You won't appreciate it here because of the way I've processed the image beyond the Layers stage but I have to say that the way ON1 handled the sky replacement was most impressive, with absolute "can't see the join" precision, and next time I feel like changing a sky this is the way I'll go. I've been deliberately heavy-handed with the blacks, but those of you who follow my humble efforts will know that that's often my taste. Oh, and before I forget, this is a section of the Tetons which I shot just north of Jackson, Wyoming, on the road to Yellowstone, sometime in 2015. The original image is attached for comparison purposes.

If anyone is interested, ON1 PhotoRAW is a very capable alternative to LR, which I normally use in conjunction with a couple of other programs, and indeed does some things much better, sky replacement being a case in point. Best of all, it's available with a one-off payment of around £90 for a perpetual licence.

Finally, many thanks to Tony and Alfie for their very kind UAs for "Mighty Mac, etc", and the usual appreciation to everyone else.

Tags: Usa Black and white Wyoming Jackson Grand tetons 2015

Voters: saltireblue, ArtyArt, Chinga and 43 more

Affinity 2 Launch Deal - Save 40% Today


saltireblue Plus
12 13.3k 83 Norway
13 Apr 2021 4:33PM
I do like what you have done with this - the dark look is my style, too.
You may or may not be aware that sky replacement is the subject of a current forum thread...
Chinga Plus
12 112 3 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2021 4:42PM
Excellent composition, both variants are very beautiful...
Isabel GrinGrin
KingBee Plus
16 561 2 Scotland
13 Apr 2021 4:46PM
Thanks Malc. Different strokes, I guess. I'm not going to defend a processing path which I consider to be quite acceptable in certain circumstances. Obviously the finished product has to look realistic, and that is the saving grace of digital processing - if you don't like what you see, you can change it. I don't change skies just because I can - I do it because I think in some cases it improves the original image. If we all followed the fidelity rule, digital imaging - especially the PP part - would be far less interesting, and, to some extent, utterly pointless.

There, that should get the purists agitated. Wink

cats_123 Plus
18 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
13 Apr 2021 4:47PM
Impressive 😁
cooky Plus
18 6 8 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2021 5:18PM
How dare you agitate the purists with your Dark Arts Bob!!! I am not over your Waxman image yet!

I love your BRILLIANT faffing about and the image should be viewed listening to Mussorgsky's, Night on Bald Mountain, try it...

If I ever have the technical competence to to change a sky you'll be the first to know! Elements 15 befuddles me!

If I had an award left it would be yours, love the image!

KingBee Plus
16 561 2 Scotland
13 Apr 2021 5:30PM
Thanks Kath! And the others who like it so far!
leo_nid 5 12
13 Apr 2021 5:49PM
an impressive job for the lead, especially when you look at the original
adagio 4 4 2 England
13 Apr 2021 7:10PM
That is very dramatic and I love it.......deep and dark, my kinda thing, Bob!!

Minty805 Plus
6 45 10 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2021 8:08PM
Well, the original shot, with those stunning mountains, looks pretty good, but ... not wanting to be too contentious at this time of evening, I'd say it depends whether you want to take a record shot or create a piece of art. These two shots illustrate the difference very well. The lead clearly falls into the second category, and, as such, looks superb - dark, brooding, overflowing with energy and I love it.
13 Apr 2021 9:16PM
James124 Plus
7 61 53 Portugal
13 Apr 2021 10:17PM
Love what you've done with this image, not always a fan of sky replacement (so often obviously fake) but this is an excellent job, even if I find the vignette a little too heavy.
I also often treat the basic image as a starting point for something more "arty", a craft practised by no less than Ansel himself (this reminded me of his work).
richmowil Plus
13 490 2 England
13 Apr 2021 11:27PM
Impressive image Bob. Nice tinkering!!
bliba Plus
17 1 2 Austria
14 Apr 2021 6:02AM

Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.