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Old Jan 2, 2011, 8:30 PM   #1
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Default Starry Night (from Landscapes board) Enhanced

Hello all,

I decided to put all of my tools through their paces with this photo.
Two separate photos were used to create this image. The main photo of the trees and shoreline and a photo of just the stars. I created two seperate layers and used a Wacom tablet to brush away part of the sky and show through the stars from the underlying layer. The whole reason for the edit was that i wanted more stars in the photo and the sky to really stand out.
Then, on the background layer i used Topaz to edit the detail on the iced over lake and shore. A separate layer mask was used to blend in that area.
The enhanced and finished image is posted first followed by the original photo without editing.

This is my limit of editing, to me this is becoming more art than photography, but i really wanted to show it as i saw it that night.

Edit: The "extra" stars were added from a photo taken right before the shoreline picture with the camera pointed towards the darkest part of the sky, they were not digitally created.
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Old Jan 2, 2011, 11:40 PM   #2
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I'm not a very accomplished Photoshop / editting guru, having only dabbled a few times in layers and blending, etc.

Thanks for sharing both these photos, to see the difference.

Actually, I prefer the 2nd photo overall (original / non editted version). I don't know if it's to do with the smaller viewing size of these, but to me the 2nd photo is clearer, and the trees are more distinct from the background and gives it a smoother / cleaner image (which imho is a pleasing effect).

However I can see what you have accomplished via the edit, and I think the stars in the sky are definitely more prominatnt, and not entirely unnatural.

The water appears different (more rippled) in the 1st (editted) photo. It just shows how much difference editting can present.


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Old Jan 5, 2011, 10:29 AM   #3
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I like the first one as edited. Much cleaner in my opinion. And I like the added stars. ....Frank
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