ask me , how I achieved a particular effect in my Ulladulla Lighthouse image (see the original here) and despite a few guesses
nobody has as yet got it right :) It's not a complex technique and I got this result through a process of experimentation and trail and error and have since made a series of images using this, titled Bluescape. Firstly I must dispel any notion that this particular image is a HDR as despite the fact that I am quite fond of using HDR for landscapes, I don't always depend on it for an effect and neither use it in this particular technique. The effect I employed here isn't in itself that complicated while I do find the results quite pleasing.
Sometimes you can spend hours trying different combinations to achieve the desired result. Also for it to work you should have - a well exposed image with small dynamic range ie low contrast levels to begin with.
If you wish to try this yourself, more or less follow these steps:
1 - Darken the image by factor of 20
2 - Run it through the Solarize filter
3 - Remove all the colors, turning into B&W. (Sometimes I use desaturated here but other times as in this case it was a straight turn to B&W filter)
4 - Lighten the image by a factor of 20-40 (this depends on the initial exposure, density and dynamic range of the shot)
5 - Add Cyan and Blue
6 - Adjust as appropriate with desaturate, brightness and contrast controls.
7 - Check for noise and if needed run through a noise filter.
Have fun and be sure to show off the end results:)
Christopher Meder Photography
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