During the midsummer, having just lost my Internet connection,
I discovered I had much more time to get out there and take actual pictures! This was one very early pre-dawn rising, I drove towards the local beach and decided this wheat-field with it’s ruined stone barn might be a good spot for a sunrise.
The actual image was much darker but with the help of the new CS5 fake HDR facility I was able to boost the dark base of the image.
The base image above has already been lightened, but it was much too saturated so I used the original darker raw base image on top to tone it down.
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When I had almost finished I decided it needed more ‘elements’, so I added the birds on the horizon and a mist to soften the horizon line and add, as the local French say, Je nes sais quoi? or in English – I don’t know? – a little bit of atmosphere that was lacking!
Please note, all textures used here were blurred, except the Pans Sky texture.

Base image HDR over-saturated
Raw base image – Colour – @ 100%
Matmos Lake – Overlay @ 100% Desaturated to an Aubergine colour, flipped vertically to darken the sky.
Rose Blush – Overlay @ 100%
Aquarius – Overlay @ 27% Desaturated to a pink/green tone with the sliders
Sky layer; Pans Sky – Multiply @ 21% – warped, compressed 50% upwards.
Birds layer; Darken @ 48%
Horizon mist; a fingers-width of Lavender Skies – blurred – Screen 70% slightly brushed from front of barn.

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