Sweet picture.. i wonder if you would tell but, how do you do it so as if it looks your drawn? I have seen it a few times and i wouldnt use it myself because i like natural but it looks so cool and makes me curious how people do it.
So if i understand it right it is mostly a effect you created with layer settings? Or did you also use brushes? I saw it in a magazine and the guy explained it like some recept which is hard to discover since i have respect for people who are able to create this as well. It looks like it has been drawn, or pained, either way .. it looks nice and still natural. I keep typing .. lol. Either way I am impressed and im a really picky guy. Thank you for your response btw.. if it is done with (just read it again and think i misunderstood). Burning and dodging? I dont get how you could get such a effect out of that since it mostly upgrades the contrast of a shade or lightning .. o.0. I dont get it .. if you could atleast hint i would really apreciate it and might try it out sometime. If you would rather keep it for yourself, understandable too and still cool.
No it is two exposures, i shot the picture in RAW where i would be able to have more control of it later. The original picture was in the middle. so i made two pictures out of that one RAW picture. mainly for the sky, and the other is for the ground. There is so many ways to use photoshop, or to do one trick. Here i used Nik Color Efex. there is a mode where you can low-mid-and high contrast and curve the shadows of them as much as you want. it is really hard to make you imagine how to do so if you havent seen the software. Now The original picture has to be in good quality to begin with otherwise you are just making yourself some extra work. The original look liked this, but this one has more wrinkles (cooler shadow effects) (where you can burn shadows)[link]
its lets say half HDR, with some freestyle extra work. DO YOU HAVE NIK COLOR EFEX?
Sorry for the slow respons. I dont have nik color efex and for some reason photoshop wont open my RAWR files =/? I have saved this message to look it up later, i thank you beforehand even though i dont know if i will figure it out lol. Just a shame i am way to busy with my study and website now to look around and try stuff out > ___ <
I like your logo. This image gets a high rating in my view.
In the way of critique, I start with a question. Was this a digital overlay or blending of the two images, or did you do a composite by selecting and extracting the tripod, you and some foreground plants, then inserting it into the lake image?
I like the lake image, as well as the image with you, the tripod, and some foreground plants. However, the blending of the two seems rough.
Since there is a big difference in dynamic range and the edge contrast between the two images, if the edges are not blended a little, it can look too much like you and the tripod were cut-out with a pair of scissors and pasted on the lake image. NOTE: I am way exaggerating as an exampleyours does not look like a cut and paste.
Unrelated to this image, something that is becoming more and more common with Professional photographers, including portrait photographers, is the use of subtle HDRI. With some of the images, the HDR is barely noticeable, and in some, you would find it hard to spot.
What it does give you is improved Dynamic Range without loss of Tonal Quality and without loss of detail in the highlights and shadows.
There are photographic purists who turn their noses up at HDRI and tone mapping. But I think it is an amazing tool that can be used in a number of different ways, some just to for subtle enhancement, to add drama, or to give images their own unique style or effect.
This was made as a manual HDR, i have not added anything to the frame but the logo. All i did was separating the sky from the process since it had that fine look anyways. the grass, lake, tripod..and myself were all in the frame. a remote speedlight (SB900) was hanging from a tree, and i took the exposure for the background,,where the flash suppose to light me up. There where you see the shadows on my vest. The sun was low, on the right of the frame..working as a kick light.
the HDR technique is very useful in any kind of photos, and i lately see it used in so many portraits. HDR is a big yes yes for me.