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Which Sky

On our recent trip to Morocco we had problems with sandstorms and overcast days for a few days

I've started going through and trying a few variants on skies



TL is OOC
TR is a minimal gradient fill from the sides
BL is substantial gradient fill from the sides giving a vignetted look
BR is gradient fill straight in from the top but applied fairly heavy

Any thoughts, comments or suggestions before I process more ?

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Re: Which Sky

TL

Though I might clone out that sliver of blue TR

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Re: Which Sky

If you use either of the bottom two you also need to slightly increase the colour saturation of the sand to balance it.
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Re: Which Sky

TR or BR look most attractive and realistic to me..

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Re: Which Sky

I prefer top left.
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Re: Which Sky

thnaks for the comments

Interesting so far there are 2 votes for OOC so I must have done something right

Olypaul - yes I agree that when (if) I sort the skies out I need to sort out the sand as well

To that end her's one I've taken a little further and done that - maybe a bit too far for some uses, but very punchy which is what I wanted in this one



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Re: Which Sky

Very Ken Rockwell. :P
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Re: Which Sky

Andy until I saw the last edit I would have said the ooc shot but with the sand adjusted you just have to love that effect.Definitely works.
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Re: Which Sky

Yep my vote goes to the last adjusted one, very nice!
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Re: Which Sky

Thanks for the input and comments guys

the last one has the same treatment as BR above and then reverse the selection mask and put a curves medium contrast adjust on it

I also upped the saturation a little to warm up the sand

I think my final settings will be somthing like BR above and this - mybe just a little less vibrance than the typical Ken Rockwell picture (although I did take that as a compliment whatever was intended)

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Re: Which Sky

Def BR for me Andy.
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Re: Which Sky

BL for me. OOC is way too pale. Like the last single image as well but maybe would crop to just below the lower line of sand.
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Re: Which Sky

Before the last adjusted one I would have said TR.

However, your final version really has got punch and I love the sand tones. I would perhaps lighten the sky (or reduce the saturation of the sky) just a tad, but maybe not. Either way a terrific image.
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Re: Which Sky

Looks like it's a big win for personal preference.

But mine is bottom right.
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