Rick Cloran, HonPSA, MPSA  

Back Bay Twilight 4 by Rick Cloran, HonPSA, MPSA

November 2020 - Back Bay Twilight 4

About the Image(s)

Made back in 2010 with a Canon 1D MK IV and 24-105 lens at 24mm iso 200 F16 at 0.4 sec for the base exposure with the bracket two shots to either side at one stop intervals. I decided to try this in Aurora 2019 and was reasonably happy with the blend, though that issue with chromatic aberration showing worse than in the base images cropped up again in one area. This time I just desaturated it with a local adjustment. I tried the new Select Sky option under the Select menu in CC 2021 and wasn’t bowled over by its accuracy though it did do a good job on the antennas on the buildings. I ended up going back to Topaz Mask AI to make that selection and then process the sky and ground with separate adjustments. I did try the color grading they added to the Camera Raw Filter and found that to have some interesting potential. As composed originally I had too much sky, so that was trimmed down in the final steps.

2 comments posted

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
Excellent capture with a natural look. My eye drifts between the foreground and the background. Perhaps a gradient filter in Camera Raw Filter could tone it down slightly.

BTW, the new Photoshop 2020 has a new select tool, "Sky." it does a good job selecting skies for further enhancement.   Posted: 11/21/2020 12:06:23

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
The processing is very natural and the aberration is not visible except for possibly on the horizon. Very nice sky and is probably the subject of this photo. The lower half could be a little darker and you could a little off the top and bottom if needed.   Posted: 11/23/2020 13:27:33


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