Bluescape images technique

I've had several people ask me , how I achieved a particular effect in my Ulladulla Lighthouse image (see the original here) and despite a few guesses

nobody has as yet got it right :) It's not a complex technique and I got this result through a process of experimentation and trail and error and have since made a series of images using this, titled Bluescape. Firstly I must dispel any notion that this particular image is a HDR as despite the fact that I am quite fond of using HDR for landscapes, I don't always depend on it for an effect and neither use it in this particular technique. The effect I employed here isn't in itself that complicated while I do find the results quite pleasing.

Sometimes you can spend hours trying different combinations to achieve the desired result. Also for it to work you should have - a well exposed image with small dynamic range ie low contrast levels to begin with.

If you wish to try this yourself, more or less follow these steps:

1 - Darken the image by factor of 20

2 - Run it through the Solarize filter

3 - Remove all the colors, turning into B&W. (Sometimes I use desaturated here but other times as in this case it was a straight turn to B&W filter)

4 - Lighten the image by a factor of 20-40 (this depends on the initial exposure, density and dynamic range of the shot)

5 - Add Cyan and Blue

6 - Adjust as appropriate with desaturate, brightness and contrast controls.

7 - Check for noise and if needed run through a noise filter.

Have fun and be sure to show off the end results:)

Christopher Meder Photography

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Photo credits: Christopher Meder.

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May 21, 2009


ths vary good tips!!

May 20, 2009


Great composition! I also like the selected height of your image. I enjoyed reading your profile & your background experience info....undoubtedly your experience helped you create this image!

May 19, 2009


I find this tip useful! Thanks for sharing!

May 19, 2009


Thanks for the tips!

May 19, 2009


Thanks Tracy!

May 18, 2009


Good tips.

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