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ccduncan
03-02-2009, 06:38 PM
Hello all,

Here's some new stuff. All the photos I took in and around Los Angeles, CA. These were shot at 4k and composited in Photoshop.

The original shot:http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/7329/japanesetemple.jpg

Mountain:

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/7015/japanesetemplemtns.jpg

At night:

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/9835/japanesetemplemtnsnight.jpg

Of course all comment are very welcome.

Cheers, Chris

LRomero
03-02-2009, 09:19 PM
Great start so far. Foreground and midground are holding up quite nicely. However the background seems like it needs some work, especially on your clouds. It looks somewhat out of proportion or I'm not getting enough sense of depth to where they recede back enough. Try working on the atmosphere some to bring some of those elements back.

poje9
03-02-2009, 09:20 PM
Very nice! The only thing is on the night shot, because you cant see the clouds in the sky, there shouldn't be a reflection of it in the water (at least in my opinion.)

Nice work!

ReX357
03-03-2009, 07:15 AM
The day shot looks pretty seamless to me.

Night shot you need to start from scratch. It looks very unnatural. Way too heavy use of the burn tool. Sky is way too dark. Never would be 'black' like that in nature. More like a very dark blue. The trick would be to relight the picture.

If you wanna give it a shot, in photoshop, duplicate the layer you have that plate on and right click, choose 'create clipping mask'. Add a 'Color Overlay' effect to it, pick a very dark blue color, then mess around with the blend settings (Probably 'multiply' is what your after) and the opacity setting until your happy.

Wherever you have your spotlights, you can erase a little bit in the 'clipping mask' layer.

Hope this helps a bit.

Peace.

P.S.: Strongly suggest looking at Dylan Cole's advanced matte painting techniques DVD.

ccduncan
03-03-2009, 06:01 PM
Thanks guys. You're right about the reflection not showing as much at night and I added haze and a little blur for depth in the day shot.
At night there's no burn at all. All paint and layer effects and I built it exactly the way ReX357 suggested. But man you are right about the darkness. I first had it too light and then just way over did in the other direction and couldn't figure out where I was missing it. Too light, too dark, just flip-flopping and not sure where to settle. Actually used color burn on the dark blue layer in stead of multiply, seems to be a little softer. Do you like it better now?
Started getting into the details and losing the whole picture,

I really appreciate the crits and they helped a lot. Please don't hesitate to comment more.

Chris

http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/7015/japanesetemplemtns.jpg

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/9835/japanesetemplemtnsnight.jpg