Well, its a composite. I know im being frowned upon by photographers as we speak for doing this, but above all I am an artist. To me, art is mixing the ideal and the real, and that is what I put forward when I edit my images.
Do you have shame?
As a photographer, yes i do. It sucks knowing this could’ve been an actual moment I captured. Instead, I captured 90% of this moment and it left me with a blank blue sky behind the rock climber. Not entirely ideal for the energy of the rock climber had, so I simply changed the sky.
How did you change the sky?
This one was easy I just used the photo shop select subject tool. Next, I inverted the selection, then deleted and replaced the sky.
Last, I cleaned up the sky selection crop and added some gradients to enhance the energy of the image.
One of my favorite shots, I was camping at Bartlet lake in Arizona and I wanted to capture the stars in the background because they looked so gorgeous out by the lake.
How I got the shot:
Took some trial and error, but off to the left I believe we had a lantern that was admitting light into the frame. Keep in mind this a long exposure shot so all the light was bleeding into the sensor making it over exposed.
I used my iPhone flashlight to get this shot, since it was a long exposure of about 4 seconds I needed to light the foreground but also have the background in focus as well. I accomplished this by taking the photo and waving my flashlight at the foreground so that light would bleed in the sensor, then I cut the light completely; thus, allowing the stars to bleed into the sensor and not have the foreground over exposed.
The primary goal is to get both the foreground and the background properly exposed. However, the problem is if you expose for the stars your foreground becomes pitch black or over exposed, both resulting in wasted space. Now, the solution is being able to control the light. If you can light the foreground for a few seconds in your exposure, then let the image continue exposing for the stars you can strike the perfect balance.