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.

SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

 

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EXIF:

Nikon D7000
Nikon 24-70 mm f/2.8
50mm
f/7.1
10s
400 ISO

 

Lightroomed

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  • Exposure, contrast and shadows raised
  • Highlights lowered

 

Moon-Lit Waterfall stitched

  • Merged into panorama

 

Photoshopped

Moon-Lit Waterfall stitched

  • Adaprtave wide angle filter to straighten the falls

 

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  • Content aware fill for the bottom

 

 

Moon-Lit Waterfall

  • Content aware fill for the top

 

 

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Looking through my photos i found one shot that might look good as a sky replacement.

 

 

Moon-Lit Waterfall

Nope, that is not working.

 

 

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Then I thought this photo of the moon may work…

 

 

Moon-Lit Waterfall

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…

 

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I found a photo with fewer brighter stars and thought that would look more natural behind the moon…

 

 

Moon-Lit Waterfall

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.

 

 

vignette

I thought it could use a vignette, but instead of bringing it back to Lightroom I just made a black box layer

 

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Then I blurred the box wit the Gaussian blur…

 

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Which made the vignette too strong…
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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.