Last week I pointed out that I wasn’t too happy with the tower and sky, and I am glad you all agreed and it wasn’t my eyesight that was failing. The problem is that the sky is quite flat and the tower is sitting in the mostly in shadow, while the rest of the picture has some nice tones. This week to try and correct this issue in the picture I took a different approach to balancing the tones in my image.
I decided to open the image in Photoshop and then duplicate the layer twice. Above the top layer I added a levels adjustment crushing the blacks slightly; I clipped the levels adjustment to the top layer. Above the second layer I added a new levels adjustment also clipped to the layer below; this adjustment was used to soften the highlights. I then set the top layers blending mode to overlay. This gave me a really contrasted image.
I grouped all the layers together and added a black and white adjustment layer on top. This allowed me to tone the image a bit and create a nice black and white image. I then used some curves adjustments to teak the overall tone of the image and also did some dodging on the tower to bring it out a bit more.
I used the iris blur to blur the image but leaving the tower sharp. I added a colour balance adjustment layer to give a slight split toning and added a custom vignette.
I think the image is better than last week but I think I could do better still.
I would love to know what you think. Let me know in the comments below.
Also remember to check out Robyn’s post for this week, as this challenge is her brain child.
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