A Colorful “Moon-Lit Waterfall” composite is created with some panorama shots and a couple of other night photos, to make a boring photo a million people have taken before into a dreamy landscape.
(Straight Out Of Camera)
Nikon 24-70 mm f/2.8
- Exposure, contrast and shadows raised
- Highlights lowered
- Merged into panorama
- Adaprtave wide angle filter to straighten the falls
- Content aware fill for the bottom
- Content aware fill for the top
Looking through my photos i found one shot that might look good as a sky replacement.
Nope, that is not working.
Then I thought this photo of the moon may work…
I layered the moon on top of the waterfall, aligned it with the rule of thirds lines, and set the layer to lighten.
Not to bad, but it needs more…
I found a photo with fewer brighter stars and thought that would look more natural behind the moon…
I layered the stars on top, set the layer to lighten, moved the layer around until the stars were good, then and masked out where there shouldn’t be stars.
I thought it could use a vignette, but instead of bringing it back to Lightroom I just made a black box layer
Then I blurred the box wit the Gaussian blur…
To fix this problem, I simply lower the opacity to the vignette layer.
These kind of shot work best when people cant tell they are not real…
I hope I have achieved that somewhat here, although the moon is never that big.