After Before Forum Wk 73; Sugar Mountain

The After Before Forum is a place where photographers of all levels can show how they get the wow in their photography. It is easy and fun to take part, you can check out how here.


This week I wanted to do something a bit different. I already had taken a picture of the moon a few weeks ago and was not impressed with the image when cropped, and really wanted to add it to an picture. This requires a composite, but what to composite?
I decided to take a picture of sugar mountain  😉 . The basic idea was to place the moon on the sugar mountain image and add some stars.

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I placed the Moon on my Sugar Mountain image by using the blending; screen.
To create the stars I created a new layer filled it with black and then turned the layer into a smart object. I then used the filter; add noise combined with gaussian blur to create the stars, and used levels to adjust the brightness. I grouped the layers, set the blending to screen and masked out the Moon and Sugar Mountain.
The image was looking good monochrome. First however I added colour to the mountain and then used a black and white layer adjustment to convert the image to black and white.
After this I made some additional adjustments to blend the images together.


I like the idea of the image yet I am not sure I executed it very well. It has a nice full moon clear night feel, however I am not sure I got the lighting quite right.

Do you know where Sugar Mountain is?

Week 73 Entries For The After Before Friday Forum

Benjamin Rowe Aperture64

Claire Bach


Michelle Lunato

This before picture was taken during my trip to Barbados in December. I was addicted to photographing nearly everything I saw it seems. However, there may have been one too many rum punches or I was in a hurry, because this photo was lacking the level of focus I like. Instead of throwing it out though, I decided to play around and create something worth looking at….

Amy World Is A Book

Please check out the links to the other members posts to see how they make their image pop.

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