Rick Finney, APSA  

Northern Lights Delight by Rick Finney, APSA

May 2020 - Northern Lights Delight

About the Image(s)

To me creating composite images is akin to “playing games within my mind and seeing passing angels through my room.”. This simple composite was done completely via LUMINAR 4.2, taking advantage of many of its AI sliders. This simple composite consists of three layers: the mountain forest, the northern lights sky replacement, and a planet. After it was all put together I used the mystery slider, the golden glow filter, and a bit of the Orton effect slider, and landscape slider to enhance the total image.

8 comments posted

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Well Rick, as a Luminar sky replacement user, I have to admit that I am unable to match your work. One has to have the 3 images that will work together. You found those images in your library and they work well together. Yes, I believe the planet is a bit too big, but it works. The northern lights are perfect for this composition. I'm envious of your ability to create this image.   Posted: 05/04/2020 16:01:41

Jeri Conklin   Jeri Conklin
Rick, another amazing composite photo! I agree with Bob, the moon is a tad too big and overshadows the beautiful northern lights. I think you should teach a class on how to do this as you do it so successfully. I would love to be able to do a composite someday. My mind would love this challenge. Thank you as always for sharing with us. I have wanted to ask this question to learn, so please don't yell at me :-) If you were to enter this picture in a competition and there was no "composite" category - would you enter it as an "original" for lack of a better term in perhaps landscape? And if you did enter as an original - how do you explain it is a constructed picture vs a picture you went out and shot in wherever? Maybe constructed is the wrong word - perhaps "created" vs "natural shot"? Thank you.   Posted: 05/06/2020 09:00:15
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
You pose some really great questions. I can't wait for the answers.   Posted: 05/08/2020 16:13:26
Rick Finney   Rick Finney
Larry: See my answer to Jeri below. This kind of image is somewhat artistic and imaginative and not necessarily "realistic". I just love to play around and see what happens!   Posted: 05/08/2020 17:07:42
Rick Finney   Rick Finney
Jeri: I would enteric as "original" or if available, "creative". I do not enter exhibitions anymore. Back in the 80s and 90s I competed is The stereo division up to Masters 2. I no longer do the exhibition route. I now just photograph for the sheer pleasure if it. To your question about doing composites go to u Tube and query for Luminar 4 They will give you a whole list of videos to watch.   Posted: 05/08/2020 16:58:02
Jeri Conklin   Jeri Conklin
Rick, will do, thank you! I always look forward to seeing what you come up with!   Posted: 05/08/2020 20:03:53

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
I have a New Age CD by a band called Cusco that could certainly use this as a cover photo. It is far better than the one they used. I think the planet is a bit too large but for the album cover it would be perfect.

It certainly is an eye catcher.   Posted: 05/08/2020 16:12:13

Joan Field   Joan Field
What a wonderful combination! First of all congratulations on the fantastic aurora. Your choice of the yellows forest below works well because the lighting makes sense. Not a dark green but with enough light from perhaps the moon to give it impact. I agree that the moon should be a little smaller as it it uncomfortably close to the edge of the frame. Otherwise, a wonderful composite that you can really be proud of.
  Posted: 05/15/2020 13:38:35


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