Ok, checked out the balloon glow on Friday, was a pretty cool sight, but the location was far from ideal for photography, but we make do, correct? I brought my gear along as promised, didn’t get a lot of photos that I liked, so I thought I would do a composite of a couple of shots and post the general process for you to check out. I took one of the shots from the balloon glow, a shot I took a while back, made basic corrections and enhancements to each of them and then blended them into one. Check it out and tell me what you think.
Here is the balloon glow photo I used for this example. Here I had made very minor adjustments to the photo, which is always best practice. I simply increased the sharpness some and enhanced the blacks a little, to help with the contrast.
This sunset photo I had taken a while back. It need a little extra work, simply because I’m not a fan of cleaning my camera sensor, it makes me nervous. So, because I’m a chicken, I had to remove 4 or 5 small spots from the image. After that I increased the sharpening, changed the white balance to cloudy (do deepen the orange a little) and added a little vignetting.
This is the result of the two. I’m not going to go into all the details of the process, but basically I flipped the balloon so that the overlaps were either off screen or hidden behind the mountain, I reduced the opacity on the balloon a tiny bit so it didn’t look like I just dropped it into the photo, I used a soft eraser brush so that the the balloon blended with the mountain a little more naturally and finally, I cropped the photo to remove the pole.
That’s a quick and dirty photo merge, now if I were planning on selling this image or submitting it for publication, I would have put more time into making it look a little more natural. All in all though, it took me maybe half an hour to select, do individual edits, merge and crop these two photos into one.
Hope you liked it.