A Work in Progress: Digital Mist

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step 1 of 7

To begin, I used a previous long exposure I had taken on the beach for the foreground. I then cropped out the sky.

Creation of Digital Mist: Step 1

step 2 of 7

In the second step I added the sky. I wanted a stormy feel so i went with a photo with cloud movement. I pasted the sky directly above the foreground.

Creation of Digital Mist: Step 2

step 3 of 7

I felt the sky wasn't dramatic enough, so I blended another sky on top or it from a different photo. I cropped out the part of the sky I wanted and pasted it over last step's. Then I used the "multiply" blend function to blend the two.

Creation of Digital Mist: Step 3

step 4 of 7

Again I wanted to add more to the sky, this time I was going after cloud movement. I added yet another shot using "multiply" layer blending.

Creation of Digital Mist: Step 4

step 5 of 7

To add the person, I cropped her out of another previous photo I had taken at the beach. I then carefully pasted and brushed the area around it, and eventually added a shadow.

Creation of Digital Mist: Step 5

step 6 of 7

To create the island's tree, I used the same photo as before and cut/pasted the object onto the island.

Creation of Digital Mist: Step 6

step 7 of 7

For all of the image steps, I changed the color photos to black and white. This way I could match the tones of the original foreground. I used lightroom to dodge and burn; in the end adding a slight vignette. I then added a few of my color / tone presets and exported to photoshop, where I added the lightning, adjusted curves, and added the rain (blur with noise). I highlighted the lightening using a brush and softened the edges to create a more realistic feel. Finally I smoothed out the horizon with a low opacity white brush.

Creation of Digital Mist: Step 7

Final result

Creation of Digital Mist: Final Result

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erikuri says:

Photos themselves are very beautiful, powerful. And the final work is simply stunning! Good luck!

(5 years and 2142 days ago)