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Sep 22, 2016 16:27 |  #8522

Did some exteriors today. Pure overcast so naturally I went with some sky replacements.


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Sep 22, 2016 16:28 |  #8523

And I think this one was my favorite. After struggling to find good stock skys, I remembered duh, I do a lot of landscape photography. I started going back and finding random skies from my landscapes over the last couple years.


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Sep 22, 2016 22:00 |  #8524

seaLere wrote in post #18137019 (external link)
Did some exteriors today. Pure overcast so naturally I went with some sky replacements.


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I know a lot of people like to replace skies and possible clients ask for it but, I love overcast days because the sky becomes a "giant softbox". The colors are rich and saturated and glaring specular highlights disappear. I have clients that rave about my exteriors on such days. When the sky is grey, I concentrate on the house and minimize the sky as much as possible by framing and cropping. That lets me get the "giant softbox" quality with out showing lots of bare white sky. And, if there are clouds within an overcast sky, I work to include detail from them. Sometimes boosting blue saturation in the sky will bring in some color I didn't know was there.

These replacements look good but they also look unnatural to me and I see sharp boundary lines at the roof lines. Kind of like green screen video on TV. I'm not trying to be negative and I hope my comments won't be taken that way. It looks like you've made the best of a difficult situation. I'm just saying don't immediately discount grey skies - unless a client expects it.


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Sep 22, 2016 22:11 |  #8525

They do look unnatural. Even a non-photographer's eye knows that something's wrong.

As Gregory Heisler very wisely said, 'the light has to make sense'.


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Sep 22, 2016 22:34 |  #8526

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Sep 23, 2016 05:54 as a reply to  @ rejay14's post |  #8527

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Sep 23, 2016 13:16 |  #8528

Trying to replace them with cloudier skies to find a balance between pure grey to add just a little texture. Is this one realistic enough?


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Sep 23, 2016 13:37 |  #8529

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I'm wracking my brain trying to figure out the purpose of the overhang, gutter and downspout on the left side of the house.


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Sep 23, 2016 13:48 |  #8530

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I'm wracking my brain trying to figure out the purpose of the overhang, gutter and downspout on the left side of the house.

Haha just now noticed that...and I have no logical answer for you!


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Sep 23, 2016 13:56 |  #8531

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I'm wracking my brain trying to figure out the purpose of the overhang, gutter and downspout on the left side of the house.

Looks better. Do you notice how rich and deep the colors on the house look? That and the lack of specular highlights has a lot to do with making it look unrealistic. The sky you have now fits the light on the house better. If it were mine, I would crop to just above the roof line and a bit off the bottom as well minimize the sky and make more of the house itself and the gentle light on it.


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Sep 23, 2016 14:05 |  #8532

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Looks better. Do you notice how rich and deep the colors on the house look? That and the lack of specular highlights has a lot to do with making it look unrealistic. The sky you have now fits the light on the house better. If it were mine, I would crop to just above the roof line and a bit off the bottom as well minimize the sky and make more of the house itself and the gentle light on it.

Yes, I like the look a lot more. I think I was trying to be way too dramatic at first.

I redid the first photo with a new sky as well. Blended it with the original so the difference was minimal.


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Sep 23, 2016 14:31 |  #8533

seaLere wrote in post #18137019 (external link)
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I think they look great. Nobody else is thinking about how these weren't the real skies, and I think a majority of photographers wouldn't notice either. I like the drama that they add, and any of your newer variations work well too. I guarantee any realtor would be thrilled with these.




  
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Sep 23, 2016 14:47 |  #8534

runninmann wrote in post #18137930 (external link)
I'm wracking my brain trying to figure out the purpose of the overhang, gutter and downspout on the left side of the house.

Its a fireplace. The vent to the outside is the silver housing on the outside. Clearly an afterthought in the design...


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Sep 23, 2016 14:49 |  #8535

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Its a fireplace. The vent to the outside is the silver housing on the outside. Clearly an afterthought in the design...

Ahhhh!! Interesting haha


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