Andrew Hersom, PPSA  

Ghost ranch by Andrew Hersom, PPSA

April 2021 - Ghost ranch

April 2021 - Andrew Hersom, PPSA


About the Image(s)

I hope everyone is well and keeping safe. I am not sure if this is particularly creative but anyway here is my submission for April. This is another picture taken at the O'Keeffe Ghost Ranch in New Mexico in 2014. The original was a bit dull and boring so I spiced it up a bit using the HDR filter in Topaz and then a bit if fiddling in Lightroom, reducing the dehaze setting and playing with the highlights and shadow detail. Any suggestions on improvement?

7 comments posted

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
I think that your adjustments have worked well on the actual rocks themselves, particularly clarifying the scale of the landscape by bringing the tiny trees into prominence. I feel that your treatment hasn't done any favours with the sky though, since it has taken on a very unreal appearance. I reckon a combination of your new work on the rocks, and the original sky would work much better.   Posted: 04/04/2021 01:27:31

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
I thought that too, thanks.   Posted: 04/05/2021 13:18:04

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan

Andrew, I like your converted image except for sky which has a yellow cast and several burned out areas. I created an image from your original which has a better looking sky. But, I like the rest of your image much better than mine. Perhaps the "best" image would be the sky from my image and the rest of the photo from your image. Very nice shot.   Posted: 04/06/2021 18:21:55
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David Blass   David Blass
Andrew, your treatment of the rocks adds a tremendous amount of detail and interest to the scene. I agree that it adds too much yellow to the sky, as has been pointed out. Perhaps a partial mask over the sky would give the right coloration.   Posted: 04/07/2021 07:14:45

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
Beautiful image and cloud addition is a plus but there are a couple of hot spots there.   Posted: 04/10/2021 16:08:56

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
You have done great work on the detail of the rocks. As others have mentioned it it the sky which is a problem especially the imabalance of the colours on left and right.
I have just learnt how to use the sky replacement tool in Photoshop (in the edit drop down menu). It works well. Found the tutorial in Photoshop cafe website
Lots of interesting stuff there.   Posted: 04/11/2021 05:11:22
Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Yes thanks, I have only just discovered this in PS.   Posted: 04/18/2021 09:32:49


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