MAK­ING SKIES A DEEPER BLUE

HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE -

Ever tried tak­ing pho­to­graphs of flow­ers against deep blue af­ter­noon sky? Ex­pose for the flow­ers and you get an over­ex­posed sky, but ex­pose for the sky and you get se­verely un­der­ex­posed flow­ers.

Tris­ton en­coun­tered just such an in­stance in Ky­oto when he was try­ing to get im­ages of the lovely Sakura flower. He chose to ex­pose for the flow­ers to also re­tain the tex­tures of the clouds in the sky. What he did next, was to im­port the im­age into Light­room, then go to the Hue/ Sat­u­ra­tion/Lu­mi­nance (HSL) panel and se­lect the Lu­mi­nance panel. By low­er­ing the lu­mi­nance of the blue chan­nel, he turned the sky deep blue while not af­fect­ing the ex­po­sure of the flow­ers as th­ese did not be­long to the blue chan­nel.

Tris­tan says his next step would be to com­plete the edit in Pho­to­shop; cloning away the elec­tric ca­bles, parts of a rooftop and some of the flow­ers that are creep­ing out on the sides of the frame. His end re­sult? A clean and scenic shot of Sakura flow­ers in full bloom.

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