The weather has not been great and we have had white skies for what seems like forever. Stuff happened and I didn’t get out on the weekend. Shame, but I am hoping for a couple of opportunities during the week. Depends on my daughter and whether I can get away. I had to go through my old stuff and I found an image from the day with Marianne from the Wimmera Mallee Tourism Association. I have done this cottage a couple of times and here is another view.
I look at this image, and I find myself surprised at what I have done. When you see the original image you will understand. I like the way the cottage is just sitting up there on the hill, the windows are like the eyes surveying the landscape. I do wish I had got some images from the front of it. I got one on my phone, but it is out of focus.
To help create the illusion of looking up to the cottage, I held the camera down so that it was almost on the ground. The odd perspective helps give the impression of looking up at it, I suppose the camera was looking up to it and so it looks like we are.
The original image, or the first of the bracketed shots does not have any of the detail that is in the front of the cottage. The original is so much lighter. The images was taken about 1pm, so the sun was quite strong, though, with it being winter it wasn’t as high in the sky as it would have been had it been summer. I find the image interesting, but I don’t know if I would have given it another glance.
- Photomatix Pro – 4 image HDR
- Some layers darkened, then layered over the top of the HDR and blended.
- A new layer was applied and Gaussian blur applied to the new layer
- A mask was added and the house was masked and some parts of the weeds and the rocks around the front.
- Another new layer and Gaussian blur was added, not as strong, and small details in the house were masked, such as the cracks in the walls, the windows and the door.
- A third layer and more Gaussian blur and everything was masked except for the sky.
- The image was darkened again with curves, the front of the cottage was lighted, to give it the appearance of the late day afternoon sun hitting it. I also darkened the side of the cottage so it looks like it is in the shade.
- I used Topaz Adjust to give the warmth that is there in the late afternoon glow.
That was basically it. I also spent quite a bit of time today trying to work out what image I will use for my first tutorial, which I am hoping to do tomorrow. I have decided it will a HDR using Photomatix Pro, and it will be how I do them. I try to make them natural looking, so hopefully you will like that.