Aaron J wrote in post #14841257
That's a gorgeous transition. I'd love to see how you brought back the sky in this image. Did you just drop the exposure in the are with the brush a few times?
yeah i use a gradient but a brush will work too... i typically drop the exposure, add a lot of clarity, and then some contrast to the sky (only when there's clouds) it makes the clouds pop with the clarity cranked up. but be careful around trees and other things as it could make things "glow"
after that i add another gradient for blue/violet then brush in orange/red at the bottom and it makes a dramatic... but fake looking sky (or you can use a gradient for both colors... pull the orange/red all the way down and only do the blue/violet on the top)