Yesterday afternoon we went for a quick drive out to Otago Peninsula and got some much needed exercise walking up the hill to the Highcliff War memorial, it was a short but steep climb but the views from the top are wonderful and it was worth the walk.
This is one of the shots I took from up there. I opened it in Photoshop and tried out several textures to see what would work best with the image – I liked the look of Sisely on the grass, and Tempest Seas on the land so inspired by that, I decided to try and use a different texture on each separate layer. This didn’t go exactly as planned -I could probably have spent another week finding just the right texture for the sea and sky but patience isn’t one of my virtues :-). I ended up using more subtle textures on the upper portions rather than the strong ones I’d initially envisioned.
Anyway, here’s the processing, it involved a lot of masking and the rough cloning out of a row of trees that I thought didn’t add to the composition.
Sisley @ soft light 83% masked from everything except the foreground grass
Tempest Seas @ Overlay 80% masked from everything except the hills
Matmos Lake @ Overlay 100 % masked from everything except the sky and sea
Vieux Gris @ Overlay 19% masked from everything except the sky
Vetiver @ Overaly 100% (this lovely soft green texture gave an overall softness to the image.
I then used a very soft Nik Color Efex cross processing layer to tweak the tone slightly, I could probably have used curves but I love the ease of Nik!
And it was done! I’m definitely going to try and do this again sometime.