Thursday, May 5, 2011
Obviously this image underwent some serious post-processing work. Although the actual tree that I shot was an incredible sight. One of the largest weeping cherry blossom trees I have ever seen. It was like something out of a fairy tale, which was kind of the feeling I wanted to convey in my image. As I was creating this image, I just kept seeing white horses and princesses in my head. This is an HDR shot, 5 exposures (-2 to +2), and processed in Photomatix. I added a two tone gradient with deep blues and purples, using a Multiply blending mode. I messed around with the color balance and hue/saturation functions for awhile as well, masking back most of the tree. By the way...that was a process from hell. As I've mentioned before, I'm a bit OCD so I like doing those long and tedious processes to perfect an image, but this was ridiculous. Ever try to hand mask foliage before? Holy crap. Anyways, I also dodged and burned areas of the trunk and added highlights to certain flowers along the trunk to highlight those flowers from the flowers along the branches.
I continue to struggle with creating a really good mask for trees. If anyone out there has a method that seems to work, please share your secret! I just can't seem to mask out a sky behind trees and replace it with a new sky in a way that looks realistic. If you know how to do this in Photoshop, please leave your comments on this post and share with everyone. Thanks much!!! Peace.