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The mom in this photo asked if I could put a "good sky -- perhaps a sunset" behind them.  The sun was setting behind them, but there were no clouds in the sky.  I do have a sunset replacement sky I took a couple of days ago but also no clouds.  Would it be better/easier to replace the sky or underexpose and put that image on top of the exposed image and mask off of the people?

 

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Yes, I used that to replace the sky in another of the photos in this series.  Are you saying that that is my best choice? I'm not sure about using an all white fill layer if the sky isn't completely blown out.  Does this sky look blown-out enough?

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OK, just wondered about the orange around and in the trees.  Will replace with another sunset photo.

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Is there an easy way to mask the sunset replacement off of the spraying water from the fountain?  When I get outside the water with my masking and try to correct, the sky seems to be a different color.

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OK, I lowered the opacity of the sky to 70%.  Still too strong?  The orange around the trees seems too strong.

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Oh, interesting choice.  Ok, I guess it can work ...

For the fountain, you'll need to work patiently with a low-opacity brush for the masking, to make it blend plausibly.

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OK, thank you--will work on the fountain patiently. So I should not go higher than 70% opacity on the sky?   I do not have any sunset skies in my repertoire (is that the right word?).  Unfortunately, the clouds all dissipated before the sun set.

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Before you go any further, can we discuss this photo in the Raw Class?

And PLEASE hurry up and see the announcement in the Levels Class.

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