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Packhorse bridge to the priory

By Arvorphoto    
Since the weather conditions have not been on my side to provide a misty evening, I have made an attempt to create the illusion with photoshop

This is the first attempt to add an air of mystery and creating a misty look on a large scale landscape type image.
I have previously attempted this technique with outdoor portrait images that are much tighter in scale with some success.

I'm interested in other peoples ideas for creating this type of digital art and quite specifically their processes to achieve a similar look.

The version shows the start point


Tags: Cornwall Uk Buildings Low light Medieval Historical 2020 Street light Packhorse bridge Landscape and travel Launceston Priory Launceston Priory Bridge River Kensey St Thomas's Church

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dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1692 England
27 Jan 2020 1:19PM
This is absolutely outside my skill set: there's not a great deal of mist in there is my only constructive comment (I'm assuming you wannt more than a subtle trace of mist).

Over to the processing freaks for the properly helpful comments.
TanyaH Plus
17 1.3k 409 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2020 1:36PM
It's been a while since I've done any 'proper' editing, so forgive me if these mods seem a little rough around the edges! I love the image - that's the first thing to say. And while I love the warmth of that lamp and the way it's reflected in the stream, there's another part of my head wants the image to be less colourful which, to me, is more in keeping with that misty dark night?

Mod 1 simply takes your atmospheric image and adds a LUT (Look Up Table - I'm using Photoshop CS6) - I used Bleach Bypass for this one with an 80% opacity. Fairly simple enough, but as you will notice it doesn't add any mist, although it does seem to shift the viewer's eye onto the buildings rather than the water ...

So in Mod 2, I've tried a (pretty generic, admittedly) way of adding some 'mist' - I took your image, added a 'Render/clouds' layer, transformed the layer so that it wasn't quite so regular, and then set the blend mode to Overlay, and the opacity to 90%. I then used another LUT over the whole thing - this time, 'FuturisticBleak' - and set the blend mode of that LUT layer to 'Colour' at 100%.

So while I'm sure there'll be others who will have sure-fire ways of adding realistic mist, I guess this is my starter for 10 Smile

Tanya
PhilT2 Plus
10 531 31 England
27 Jan 2020 1:45PM
I like what you have done to the image. My mod is an attempt to create a foggy scene. Done quickly on a tablet with a very basic photo editor android app.
It works more effectively with a better program where you can mask areas to add realism. The process remains the same however. Reduce the exposure of the image and then ramp up the brightness.
Phil
PhilT2 Plus
10 531 31 England
27 Jan 2020 2:03PM
Forgot to mention that the effect once achieved by exposure and brightness can be reduced or increased by adjusting the contrast
chase Plus
15 1.8k 438 England
27 Jan 2020 4:16PM
A pretty image, i do like the darkness with the lamplight reflecting in the water.
Difficult put mist into an image as it has a mind of its own and rolls, changing opacities in different areas....hard to replicate.
I do like Tanyas' second mod.
Had a bash......I took the image into Nik and used the graduated fog setting but then the image is in danger of losing some of that lovely contrast. I did add a little contrast back in Photoshop but not quite where I wanted the finished result to be and I forgot to remove some of the fog layer on the light and the railings...ooops, sorry.
A few different ideas for you to consider though, I hope you get to where you want to be.
capto Plus
8 6.4k 20 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2020 4:46PM
A great photogenic place.
In my mod I made two layers and dehazed and reduce the sharpness in one. Then manually combined them using a layer mask. I then added the mist which was a blurred cloud effect, this was merged using the same technique. This is plus other tweaks which I always forget at the end.
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mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2264 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2020 5:03PM
I have found this quite fascinating, because it's totally outside my comfort zone (and outside my sympathy normally, as I do regard the truth of light as kind of sacred...). But it made me look hard at how such an effect would appear in reality. Two things I think - outlines would be much less clearly delineated, and the lamp would not appear so bright.

When trying to get some sense of depth into a misty image I tend to increase contrast. So for a misty effect, reducing contrast seemed a logical approach.

Anyway I had a play in Photoshop Camera Raw filter, working on your starting point and pushing some sliders in ways that I have never done before! I also wanted to see what minus settings for Clarity and Dehaze would give when combined. The settings for Modification 7 were:

Exposure +0.5; Contrast -40; Shadows +25; Whites +20; Blacks -15; Clarity -10; Dehaze -100

It does say cold misty evening for me, though it is totally different to your worked version.
Moira
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2264 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2020 6:16PM
PS As an afterthought I have added mod 8, a vaguely high key b&w worked in Nik Silver Efex, with burn edges for atmosphere.
Arvorphoto Plus
10 124 4 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2020 7:31PM

Quote:It's been a while since I've done any 'proper' editing, so forgive me if these mods seem a little rough around the edges! I love the image - that's the first thing to say. And while I love the warmth of that lamp and the way it's reflected in the stream, there's another part of my head wants the image to be less colourful which, to me, is more in keeping with that misty dark night?

Mod 1 simply takes your atmospheric image and adds a LUT (Look Up Table - I'm using Photoshop CS6) - I used Bleach Bypass for this one with an 80% opacity. Fairly simple enough, but as you will notice it doesn't add any mist, although it does seem to shift the viewer's eye onto the buildings rather than the water ...

So in Mod 2, I've tried a (pretty generic, admittedly) way of adding some 'mist' - I took your image, added a 'Render/clouds' layer, transformed the layer so that it wasn't quite so regular, and then set the blend mode to Overlay, and the opacity to 90%. I then used another LUT over the whole thing - this time, 'FuturisticBleak' - and set the blend mode of that LUT layer to 'Colour' at 100%.

So while I'm sure there'll be others who will have sure-fire ways of adding realistic mist, I guess this is my starter for 10 Smile

Tanya



Thanks Tanya.

I really like your Mod 1

I will have to investigate photoshop .


Daryl
Arvorphoto Plus
10 124 4 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2020 7:39PM

Quote:I have found this quite fascinating, because it's totally outside my comfort zone (and outside my sympathy normally, as I do regard the truth of light as kind of sacred...). But it made me look hard at how such an effect would appear in reality. Two things I think - outlines would be much less clearly delineated, and the lamp would not appear so bright.

When trying to get some sense of depth into a misty image I tend to increase contrast. So for a misty effect, reducing contrast seemed a logical approach.

Anyway I had a play in Photoshop Camera Raw filter, working on your starting point and pushing some sliders in ways that I have never done before! I also wanted to see what minus settings for Clarity and Dehaze would give when combined. The settings for Modification 7 were:

Exposure +0.5; Contrast -40; Shadows +25; Whites +20; Blacks -15; Clarity -10; Dehaze -100

It does say cold misty evening for me, though it is totally different to your worked version.
Moira



Thank you for taking the time.

Interesting to read that you found it fascinating.
It is a little outside of my comfort zone and I would not normally have considered going away from the 'truth' but recently I have seen some images that yes, are digital art and not a straight photo image but do have a place in the scheme of things.

I would disagree slightly with you when you say that the light would not appear so bright. It would be dependent in real life on the level/thickness of the mist and how it might be swirling around. If it is just developing then openings within the mist would be apparent which in this instance is more towards what I was trying to achieve though that wasn't stated in the original post.

Daryl

Arvorphoto Plus
10 124 4 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2020 7:40PM
Thank you to you all who have given their ideas. It is much appreciated and food for thought

D
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4161 Canada
27 Jan 2020 9:23PM
Tried a misty mod. If its in like with what you wanted, - its all done in photoshop, using a clouds layer, inverted and blurred and a linear light blend.
clicknimagine Plus
10 688 101 India
28 Jan 2020 7:11AM






Another one...


I have never visited your country, but from the images as you all post here, i can say mist is not uncommon there, if i were you, i would have preferred to capture it rather creating it artificially...
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2264 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2020 9:52AM
Thanks for your feedback. It really does help us when we get a detailed response like this!
Moira
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1692 England
28 Jan 2020 3:51PM
Somnath's link is interesting and useful. Particularly creditable given that he's in a rather different climate zone from us!

The particular thing that struck me on looking at the mods is that mist and fog obscure more distant objects more, and the application of the gradient largely achieves that.

I wonder, then, if patchy dodging will get the swirly quality of many mists?
clicknimagine Plus
10 688 101 India
28 Jan 2020 4:01PM
GrinGrinGrin...Thanks John, our temperature in summer 49+ C, so no sign of mist except in Himalayas...in winter which remain only for 2-3 months on an average temperature 17+ C, and due to pollution we are only getting smog...
Minty805 Plus
4 33 6 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2020 11:34AM
Couldn't resist having a go at this. Much the same as others, I desaturated slightly and reduced the contrast to approach the reduced visibilty that would be seen in these conditions. The main difference was then painting gently with a cloud brush in Affinity Photo, with minimum softness and low opacity, building up the effect, then trying different blend modes until I found the best for here - in this case, the add mode. I then adjusted the brightness and contrast further with curves, lowering the highlights to taste, but leaving the streetlight quite bright, as mist in this sort of scene might well be hanging mostly above the water, so the lamp might be largely out of it. Hope this is of interest. Allan
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1692 England
31 Jan 2020 9:35PM
I think that's the most convincing mod yet, Allan!
chase Plus
15 1.8k 438 England
31 Jan 2020 10:00PM
I did yet another mod and used the technique in Somnaths' link.
Followed the instructions, just reduced the opacity of the layer to suit.

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