New on 500px : Awestruck…..again… by OleHenrikSkjelstad by OleHenrikSkjelstad

I got some really weird clouds some evenings ago at my favorite lake. Only the lower parts of the clouds that were hovering above the hills took on color from the descending sun. It was around 11 pm.

I was done editing the image this night and didn’t think much of it. But, I posted it on one of the landscape groups on Facebook and to my surprise it has been well received. I am truly hopeless at assessing my own images.

The base is actually a 5 frame hdr. Hand-blending a tree against a sky always drives me nuts. Took out a default (bland, boring, dull) version from Nik’s hdr software. Massaged the output in Lightroom as if it was a raw file before the image was loaded into Photoshop.

In Ps I have masked in various Nik and Topaz filters, done some midtones work, dodging and burning, masked in a high value of the high pass filter into the sky to increase contrast, added a modest Orton texture, some color work – mostly warming and taking down the blues and removing some magenta color cast…..and etc etc. A couple of hours of PP work.

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