S K Y R E P L A C E

Let’s talk about sky replacement. Love it or hate it, you can’t predict the weather, and I for one wont let the elements ruin a nice shot. This photo of Canberra’s Parliament house is a good example of blending a vibrant sky into an otherwise average image.


These three base images I used to create the final piece. Image 1 was used for the foreground and initial sky, while image 2 was only used for the orange glow of lights coming from the building. The final image was obviously the origin of the sky - the original image was from Bali in 2016.


The initial blend of the first two images above. Image 1 was adjusted with tweaks to exposure, shadows/highlights, levels, curves, and vibrance/saturation in both Capture One and Photoshop. Dust and anything I didn’t like was removed prior to blending. Following that, the second image was blended over top using the lighten mode, and a low flow brush in Photoshop.



The sky blend. To achieve this I created a (blue) channel mask of the background image (initial blend) in Photoshop. Using that I was mostly able to only select the ugly blue sky I wanted to replace; however, after pasting in the new sky, it created very harsh edges around the building. To fix this I created a blank mask and used another brush to smooth out the blending. Finally, in order to bring the image truly together I further adjusted colour and contrast to match the fore- and backgrounds.


Let me know what you think. Want a step by step video on how this was done? DM me and I’ll think about doing a full tutorial :)


T H A I L A N D

Last July we found ourselves on the stunning islands of Koh Samui and Koh Pha-Ngan for a wedding and jungle party. Of course, I lugged the drone and 1dx everywhere we visited. The initial three photos were all shot at our resort - Centara Villas Samui. The first is a composite of sunrise images in order to save the details in both extreme highlights and shadows. The second is actually a top down of the pool in the first. I can’t actually remember exactly where the third was..

The remaining photos are all from Koh Pha-Ngan, which most people know as “that full moon party island.” I gotta say, in between full moons it’s actually a beautiful and quiet island to visit. The colours you can capture are unreal.

Have a look through to inspire that next Thailand adventure :P


W E L C O M E

New site is up!

Hello everyone and welcome to the new site! I am probably the worst person to blog on schedule, or even write more than one blog - but I’m gonna try. When I do it’ll be posted to my facebook feed, so if you don’t already, make sure you follow up!

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