Bluescape images technique

posted on 18th of may, 2009

I've had several people 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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Comments (6)

Comment by Abasile on May 21, 2009

ths vary good tips!!

Comment by Angelasharris on May 20, 2009

Great composition! I also like the selected height of your image. I enjoyed reading your profile & your background experience info....undoubtedly your experience helped you create this image!

Comment by Asyan on May 19, 2009

I find this tip useful! Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Mani33 on May 19, 2009

Thanks for the tips!

Comment by Krystof on May 19, 2009

Thanks Tracy!

Comment by Tracy0703 on May 18, 2009

Good tips.

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