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Hi D,

Wondering if I could get your opinion on what to do with the dark trees in the backgroud. This is a two image composite (not neccessarily going to for realistic here). The sky, tower and dark trees are from one image and the stream, grass and most foreground are another. I don't hate it as is, but plan on printing this, so looking to make it as good as possible. 

Tower1.jpg

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15 minutes ago, rswannabe said:

I don't hate it as is

I do.

Let me see the two separate images.

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10 minutes ago, Damien Symonds said:

I do.

Let me see the two separate images.

Yikes. Ok. Here they are SOOR. 

Stream1.jpg

Tower SOOR.jpg

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I think it might have to be a three-image composition.

One of the foreground photo, one of the tower photo bright enough to match the foreground photo (sacrifice the sky), and one of the tower photo dark enough to keep the sky detail.

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Brilliant! I'll start on that tomorrow and post once I get it where I think it might work. Thank you!

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Could you post the second one for me?  The tower photo, lighter?

You already have a good "Tower photo, darker" version, and also the foreground photo is already good I think.

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Sure. Let me know if this one should be done differently. I'm headed to bed before I get any deeper in it tonight, but I know my next question will be how to mask out the trees for the new, lighter image. 

Tower brighter.jpg

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May I ask why you feel you need the trees from the tower photo at all?  Is there a particular reason why you don't like the horizon (or the sky, for that matter) from the foreground photo?

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Great question. Actually, I don’t care about them at all. But, the way I have the foreground positioned, if I mask off those trees to reveal foreground sky, it’s much more pale and didn’t look good/right. Hi m open to any suggestions. 

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Well sure, but why not just edit that sky to give it some punch?

This is with a Levels adjustment:

foreground.jpg

If we could achieve something you liked with this photo, then you could just place the tower in.

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Hi D,

This would certainly be the easiest way to go. I do think the sky from the tower is much more dramatic and colorful though. 

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Well, why don't you try putting the tower into the photo first, then we'll discuss sky options.

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Ok. quick question before I start. I moved the "stream" image down in the original that I posted. Will that still work? Or, try it as is?

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We'll worry about that later.  Put the tower in where you want it for now.

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This is approximately where it was. 

Tower2.jpg

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Good!  Maybe use a Hue/Sat layer to slightly darken the grass around its base?

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Great!

Now, if you still want the other sky, it shouldn't be any trouble to put it in.

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I guess I'm still not getting it. When I bring in the other sky, I'm still left with those trees to mask. 

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