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The sky at night

By marktc  
Another from my Knowlton shoot. I really don't know why the halo is around the church and I can't seem to get rid of it. If anyone can point me to a tutorial I'd be very grateful.

It hasn't been HDR'd just processed through Color Efex Pro to boost some detail and a slight reduction in the exposure.

Tags: Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel

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Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
15 Dec 2012 8:06PM
Not very noticeable until you pointed it out, Mark Tongue. Not sure I can help, I have the same problem especially when trying to put detail back into low light images. It mostly occurs around the tree/sky border for me and I normally have to mess around with other methods of processing... very much a click and see job.... sorry, but I do like the end result of this one.


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Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2012 9:44PM
Something like this might help

The first of four pages to explain hand blending HDR photos

I think it would help you to know about Luminosity masks and how to blend a normal, an underexposed and an overexposed photo together to produce a natural looking photo with a correctly exposed sky and ground.

Using a soft brush to blend the transitions also helps. Blending modes are useful in modifying masks to make them more accurate and reducing the halo effect you're trying to get rid of.

To me the church is too light, given the low light and sunset conditions, and the horizon to the right of the church has lost depth and contrast because of the processing. This is where using a brush on a mask would help. Using the dodge and burn tools in early PS CS created ugly brown, smudgy effects that were easily spotted by the viewer. One of my preferred methods of dodging and burning is:

Press Ctrl J twice to create two layers from the b/g layer. Change the blend modes of each to screen and multiply. Now select each in turn and create a layer mask and fill with black. The photo will not have changed, but by using a soft brush with a low opacity you can now lighten and darken the photo where you think it's needed by revealing parts of the two copied layers.

A luminosity mask is created by going to the channels palette and Ctrl clicking a channel. Either the Red, Green, Blue or RGB channel can be used depending on what information you need in the mask. The channel is now selected and should have 'marching ants' on it. Go back to the Layers palette and choose an adjustment layer from the Layers palette, normally Curves in my case. You should now have the curves layer with the luminosity mask, a mono version of the photo. You can now work on different tonal areas according to the mask. The mask can be inverted to work on the opposite tonal range. The mask can also be moved or copied by click and dragging or Alt click and dragging to another layer.

This may or may not help you but it will help to know some of these things. Learning how to make accurate masks is important if you want to manipulate photos.

Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
16 Dec 2012 6:27AM
Beautiful !! An excellent photo Smile
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
16 Dec 2012 6:27AM
A fine image, Mark, perfect composition. Carol
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 8:12AM
It was good seeing the stars appear as the photo started loading on
then into this magnificent shot
well captured Mark
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 4:17PM
Hi, Mark, luv the composition and your processing, hardly noticeable the halo, but if you notice it, thats good you have set yourself a good standard, a few of my images suffer from the halo effect, the best way to get rid of it is to use your burn tool in elements (if you have it) set the tool to about 3% and move the tool up and down edge of the halo, experiment though. hope that helps.
Well done anyway.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmile
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
17 Dec 2012 12:46AM
Great sky, Mark. Wouldn't have noticed the halo without you mentioning it.

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