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Old Jan 27, 2006, 9:42 AM   #1
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Hi everyone! I would really appreciate some help with this photo, I am trying to get a more forboding or dramatic look. I just can't seem to get what I am looking for, if anyone could offer some suggestions on what conditions would be best to photograph this scene or some ps tips I would really appreciate it. I've posted some other photos of this in landscapes.

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Old Jan 27, 2006, 10:15 AM   #2
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i think the biggest issue here is the lack of contrast between the building and the sky.. both are nearly the same tone.. i think for the dramatic look you are going for, you may need to get a more textured sky.. wait for one of those cloudy days when you can really see the texture in the sky.. you could try to select the sky and darken it, but i am not sure there is enough detail in it to get the look you are after.. also being a bit closer may help make the building "loom" a little more, and could increase the "drama" as well..

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Old Jan 27, 2006, 10:39 AM   #3
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Hi everyone! I would really appreciate some help with this photo, I am trying to get a more forboding or dramatic look. I just can't seem to get what I am looking for, if anyone could offer some suggestions on what conditions would be best to photograph this scene or some ps tips I would really appreciate it. I've posted some other photos of this in landscapes.

Bob H.
Hi Bob;

I like the overall layout of this shot, but I agree that a dramatic setting would be more effective.A scene like this would look really dramatic under the heavy cloud cover of an impending storm. You know the look... the silo almost glowing from the low angle light.

You can imitate this effect inPhotoshop likethis:

Select your sky and create a new layer via copy. Create a levels layer and link it to the sky layer. Drag your mid-tones slider to the right until you start to feel creepy. :-)If you want, you can link a levels layer to the background layer and adjust your highlights. This will emphasize the creepiness. That's about as far as I can go with my limited PS knowledge. (actually I just made this up on the spot:roll You should ask this in the Editors forum where they are more familiar with this kind of problem.

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Old Jan 27, 2006, 10:57 AM   #4
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Thank you Dustin and Tom! I appreciate your suggestions! I'll have another go at this, stay tuned!

Thanks again!
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Old Jan 29, 2006, 6:38 AM   #5
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It looks like the light in this scene is from over your left shoulder. With the overcast, it gives a gairly flat, even lighting to the face of the building. To get a more dramatic effect you probably want to have shadows casting toward you, quartering, so shooting this at a different time of day could be what you need. (or just rotate building and shoot from different angle) :-)

Nice composition, though, which stands on its own even without the effect.

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Old Jan 29, 2006, 6:48 AM   #6
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Thank you Brian! Your right, the sun was over my left shoulder and it was shortly after sunrise when this was taken. Thanks for the advice on the shadows, I never really thought about that, I am able to visit this place pretty often and now I will watch how the shadows fall at different times of the day as well as getting the right sky conditions. I appreciate you folks here in this forum!

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