For this post, I was inspired by surreal infrared photographs by David Keochkerian. I thought that I would search for a way to fake. I came upon this. I didn’t really like the effect much, especially on the photographs I was working with. I wanted something with color like what is in Mr. Keochkerian’s photographs. I was able to find this. I tried this tutorial on the photograph the author recommended and it worked wonderfully. Where it gets dicey is when you use your own photographs.
This photograph is one that I like quite a bit. It is a photo of the mountains on the way to Montgomery Woods. I thought that I would try the fake effect on it.
This is the end effect. I quite like the results, even though it looks nothing like want I wanted. I used the basic directions, but I had to make modifications. I was able to the trees and bushes fairly white in the channel mixer adjustment layer like in the directions,
but to increase the effect I had to use a lighting adjustment layer over the channel mixer adjustment layer. I then tried to the the Gaussian blur direction they gave for the top layer. I honestly didn’t like the effect, so I decided against it. Other than those things, I did everything else as directed. This is a very difficult process because of all the trial and error involved, and, although I like the output, in some ways its disappointing.
This was the first edit of the first shot. I thought I liked it, then realized that I wanted the sky to be more uniform.
Since “my” method makes the sky uniform I just needed to fill the rest of the sky with the sky color to make it uniform.
To do this I use a levels adjustment to make everything brighter, which makes all the lighting more uniform for the effect. Usually I use an effect like cutoff, but for the one directly above I used the Dry Brush and I don’t think it looks that good.