Today we visit “Fantasy Island” as a bunch of mediocre photos get mashed together in an attempt to make a realistic island we can escape to.


(Straight Out Of Camera)


Nikon D810
Nikon 70-200mm F/2.8
560 ISO



  • Raised exposure, contrast, shadows and whites
  • Lowered highlights and blacks
  • Raised clarity vibrance and saturation


That’s a good photo, but the sky is boring and the lighting is horrible.

I recently made this photo:

Its nice, but much to symmetrical. Reminds me of something you’d see in Avatar.

Lets see if we can make an island with our original photo by stapling another shore to the other side…


Lets take this photo,

and sync it with the other.


Now lets find some clouds,

And sync the settings with the others.



After loading both into Photoshop and aligning the trees, it turned out the lake was too high on that side.


So I copied the base of the right side and flipped it for the other side.

Then I masked all the photos to look more seamless.


Then I masked in the clouds


After doing a bunch of levels adjustments, and I thought that it still needed something…
How about some atmosphere?



To do this I watched a Phlearn video and used one of their brushes.

If you want to try it here is the tutorial:

Final Thoughts

In the middle of this, I tried a dodge/Burn layer…


Which did add some depth and interest to the photo, but after I moved the clouds, I didn’t bother to redo it.

You can’t really see through the fog anyway.


Next Day Re-Thoughts

Today I was contemplating, why didn’t I add a house to the island? After all this is supposed to be a “dream retreat.”


So after scouring my 200K photos for a nice house, I found a nice house. I synced the settings with the earlier and tried them out.



I don’t know if that’s better, but it gives me somewhere to dream about retiring to.


Other Shots


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