maverick75 wrote in post #17013272
I love shooting during golden hour, but 90% of the time my subjects aren't available at that time.
I use a RGB curb layer to grade the image usually but I can never get a real gold(slightly orange) color, it's always off a bit.
It is possible to make gold with just RGB?
I've tried adding equal amounts of Red and Green, and then taking a bit of blues out but it's never quite right...
I think that you can do a fairly good job in Camera Raw by adjusting the color temperature and tint adjustments. The alpenglow color at sunset is more pink than it is amber. If you look at how the color of clouds change during the day -- we generally assume clouds to be white or gray at mid day. As the sun sets, they first become slightly amber, but there is a strong component of pink that becomes very dominant just before direct light is lost.
Increasing color temperature compensation adds amber to the light. If we then adjust the tint to give a strong magenta, I think that it will give you something close to what you want. Also, before adjusting the color temperature and tint sliders, set the style to Landscape to make the colors more vivid.
The problem with increasing red and green and decreasing blue is that the result is more like adding brown. I would try to avoid tweaking the primary colors in Photoshop because it can result in some strange colors sometimes. Another Camera Raw tool is split toning that allows you to create a more realistic effect by giving the shadow areas a bluer color while the rest of the image will have an alpenglow illumination.
Here is one of my discards from many years ago that came out terrible with an earlier version of Camera Raw (3.x, I think). The shot was late in the afternoon, but before the color of the light had changed very much. I decided to try an alpenglow effect (no split toning) using the latest Camera Raw (8.5). The sky was blown in the original image so the edit isn't really something to hang on the wall, but I thought that it might be something like you are wanting to create. The Camera Raw data should all be there so you can see the editing that was done.