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Urban Landscape Prague

By pluckyfilly
I am looking to put this into a competition for Urban Landscape and would like tips as to how to I can rectify that greeny looking sky but with my limited knowledge of CS6 I am shtuuck and thats not a spelling error! open to mods but I need to know how you achieved the result, please dont leave me in the lurch Wink
Many thanks for all c/c's on yesterdays upload and grateful thanks to Lynne Joyce for pointing out it needed straightening and to others that agreed, you know who you areSmile incidentally there was a mist on this day the photo was taken and might just be the reason for the sky colour!!!

V3 might be the one - I just selected the sky and used the paint brush - see what you think if you have time thanks one and all. I just needed to use my brain Blush

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NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2013 4:26PM
A pair of very well observed and captured Cityscapes stuffed with interest and clarity in depth Ann. Image one for me please.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.6k 158 England
17 Nov 2013 4:30PM
I'm sure someone will have a go but what about cropping the sky off altogether, I think it makes a stronger composition.

banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4217 Canada
17 Nov 2013 5:16PM
Ive uploaded a mod. Before I go into any details, I need first to know if this is better than what you have.


TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 17 England
17 Nov 2013 5:27PM
Certainly looks a busy location - especially on that bridge! Smile
Think V3 does look better as your method has worked well. I had a go at the original V1, selecting just the sky area, but the colours are uneven across the expanse of sky, so trying to change the colour using the red / green / blue channels in Levels as I would normally do just seems to make it worse! Another alternative would be to cut out your sky and replace it altogether with one from another image, preferably with a bit of cloud rather than plain blue, as I have in my mod. Hope this helps!
Trev Smile
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2013 5:27PM
lovely set v2 is my pick for today
pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2013 5:30PM

Quote:I'm sure someone will have a go but what about cropping the sky off altogether, I think it makes a stronger composition.


its a thought Dave thanks
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
17 Nov 2013 5:45PM
Lovely variety of shapes and colours. I also would crop off (most of) the sky.
17 Nov 2013 5:53PM
V1 for me Ann, like Mod 1,
capto Plus
8 6.6k 25 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2013 5:57PM
V1 for me.
I think the advice to crop is the best plan. The sky can't be recovered, so if you wish to keep it a replacement may be the way to go. I have done a cropped mod making the bridge more prominent.Smile

banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4217 Canada
17 Nov 2013 6:09PM
OK, glad you liked it.

I see you have CS6, and this is what I used.

I will go step by step through the process I used.

1. Open the image in Camera Raw; in Bridge, right click the image to do this.

2. In Camera Rea, in the white balance drop down bow, select AUTO. You will see that it immediately changes the colour balance away from green. The entire image has a green bias, not just the sky.

3. Still in Camera Raw, select the fourth drop down adjustment across just under th4e histogram, called HSL/Greyscale.

4 In this dialogue box, select the green slider and slide it left, to -80

5. The click Open Image. It will look quite different.

6 I reduced noise and added sharpness at this stage, and I used Noise Ninja. But if you done have it, go to Filter>Noise>Reduce Noise.

7. Set Strength to 6; Preserve detail to 60%; Reduce colour noise to 40%; and sharpen details to 40%. These are approximate, so dont be afraid to look closely at the original and play with the settings until it looks crisp and not overly sharp, or overly lacking in detail. Then click OK.

8. The contrast in the shot is quite low. Open a curves adjustment, and drag the bottom left slider inward to meet the graph. The flatten the image.

9. Open another curves adjustment, and in the drop down selections, select linear contrast; you can alter the opacity of this adjustment to your liking, then flatten the image.

Now the sky is a lot more white. Use the quick selection tool and select the white sky; go to Select>modify and increase by 1 pixel; then do the same this time select feather, and use 1 pixel.

In the foreground colour box, which is usually black or white, click whatever it is, and choose a colour sutable for the sky; I used #83b2de which you can enter at the bottom of the panel to get exactly the same colour. With this colour now as your foreground colour, simply press alt and backspace and the selected area will be filled with the sky blue.

You will have to zoom in and do some cleaning up, using that same colour with a brush. As an example, the two modern building top right are gone in my mod, but nobody would know! To be accurate, zoom in, and make you brush 20% hard to have a clean edge.

try it, and if you run into any problems, let me know.


Maiwand 14 3 73 England
17 Nov 2013 6:36PM
Great shots Ann of this lovely and elegant City. You seem to have been offered a great deal of advice about how to give them the 'killer' touch.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
17 Nov 2013 7:45PM
A splendid set of cityscapes Ann, I'm glad I decided to Czech these out!Smile
achieverswales 10 8 101 Wales
17 Nov 2013 9:09PM
Wonderful city and great capture Ann, looks like your problem is solved.


taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
17 Nov 2013 10:03PM
I rarely put sky in my images, wouldn't know how to change the colors of said!
A vote for the rest of the image!
mikbee 13 3 8 Scotland
17 Nov 2013 11:55PM
Good shots Ann.
But I think Dave has a point about cropping out the sky though !!
BIGRY1 9 3 8 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2013 1:32AM
I think it looks better without the sky tooWink
Reading through the comments V2 hasn't had much of a mention and IMO that is my fav image. It would look better if you chopped a little off the right hand side so the larger of the spires sits a third into the imageGrin
18 Nov 2013 11:58AM
looks like you solved the issue in v3 Ann I like both images full of great detail

RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
18 Nov 2013 12:33PM
I have offered a Mod, Ann, and although I had eradicated any green in the sky when viewed on my screen, I see that there is still some residual green after uploading it.
So, I guess you ignore what I did and go along with Willie's method.......he has a far better expertise than myself.
pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2013 12:47PM
thanks for all mods which have helped enormously and particularly to note the greeny hue over the whole scene, I am going to have another try using Willie's instructions - thank you to all that have cc'd and mod offered
accipiter 11 61 England
18 Nov 2013 3:09PM
I think these skies and pictures can be rescued as has been pointed out, but I think you should enter your previous upload - a very good Pic, especially v2. Good luck anyway. A
Gypsyman 10 690 England
18 Nov 2013 8:28PM
Well taken Ann. Wish I could have been there to learn from you. Eric.

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