Feb 20: Two Ospreys, Before/After

Luminar 4 replaces ordinary blue skies with ones that are spectacular, and it does it really well. The program has built-in skies you can choose from, but it’s best to use your own (for obvious reasons).

I was driving around this morning when I noticed two ospreys in a nesting box in the middle of a field next to the road. I guess it’s that time of year. That nest was faaaaaaaar away, but I had the Sony 70-350mm lens on the camera, so Iย  pulled over and took a few shots. I got lucky! One of them spread its wings while I was shooting.

This illustrates the distance between me and the nest. Original, right out of the camera.

The first thing I did was replace the sky. Then I did my usual editing.

I liked it, but I started thinking about all the textures I’ve bought over the years and wondering if the program would replace the sky with one of those as easily.

It did, and I think I like it even better. ๐Ÿ™‚

There is SO much photographers can do in Luminar, I hope you check it out if you’re interested in that kind of thing. Look up tutorials by Jim Nix and Dave Kelly on YouTube. You’ll learn everything you need to know. It’s an amazing program; you can do a little or you can do a lot, and your photo will look better.

See you next time.

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2 Responses to Feb 20: Two Ospreys, Before/After

  1. Thor Crowley says:

    WOW, the transformation is simply AMAZING ! You changed the entire narrative of the image.
    I REALLY like how this turned out ! You know how to tell a story and set a stage for the essence of if. That btw, is what I find most intriguing in your books as well. I don’t think that is something that can be learned without having some sort of intuitive understanding of it. Your eagerness to learn new things and figure things out is an inspiration. I made the one with the dark sky my new desktop background (I hope you don’t mind).
    She looks directly into the camera it seems ( I assume it’s the female due to the brown on her chest (necklace) and she might be a bit bigger but that could be because of their different poses.
    Thanks for sharing. This one really lifted my mood ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fenraven says:

      Please do use any of my photos for your desktop wallpaper. I don’t mind. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sky replacement is an amazing and wonderful thing, and it most definitely changes the feel of a picture. I’m looking forward to more experiemnts.

      So often the sky is blown in photos due to lighting, leaving them looking flat and boring. Luminar offers an easy alternative. All the skies I use are my own. I’ve got a folder of them. I’m looking forward to exploring textures more, too! One thing I like about photography is the endless creativity it offers.

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