Although On1 treats skies as a texture, technically you are correct about the composite, Bailey. I would hate to exclude sky replacements from this challenge. I will have to think about adjusting the directions for the next challenge. ...
I thought I would have one last go at this challenge replacing the sky as I described earlier in this thread, but I used a mask instead.
First my apologies for calling time on this challenge early as we will be in the Victorian High Country this weekend (limited, if any, Internet access) and I have a project for 500px I want to finish and upload before we go.
My sincere thanks to hmca for firstly accepting my image of the bridge to use for this challenge and secondly for coordinating, setting up and running this challenge.
I took this photo whilst being driven around Wuxi, China in 2016 with my wife. With the lanterns and arches in the bridge I thought it had a lot of potential and flexibility for creativity.
Thank you very much also to all who took the time to submit an image of their creation/imagination/interpretation. All the submissions are wonderful and narrowing down to just 3 top favourites is no easy task. I am sure if this was a "Member's Choice" thread there would be a wide range of top picks. But alas, if you are reading this post, you are stuck with mine
So here goes....................
Submitted by pontiac1940 (aka Clive)
What struck me about Clive's image is the "pencil sketch" effect, especially on the bridge structure. This might not have been Clive's intention but I love pencil sketches.
Submitted by hmca (aka Helen)
The textured sky really works for me and is the first thing that hit me.
The sky blends in so well with the slightly darker tones of the bridge structure in a very well tone balanced image.
Oh my I didn’t expect this when I turned on my PC this morning. Thank you Bailey for your very kind words I’m glad you liked what I did to your beautiful image. You have just turned a dull looking day here somewhat brighter. Enjoy your trip to the Victorian High Country.
Congratulations, Lillias. Bailey's comment mirrors my reaction when I first saw your submission.....it certainly is a beauty! Well done to Clive as well....hope you'll continue to participate in this challenge. It was interesting to see the takes on your bridge, Bailey. Thanks for submitting it.
Members who would like to submit an image for future RAW challenges can send me a PM and we'll work out the details.
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Thanks you Bailey for including my attempt. Congratulations to Helen and Lillias for their photos. Lillias, your photo is dramatic. Have fun in the Victorian High Country Bailey. Clive
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There were some great entries in this comp. I would have had a very hard time narrowing down my personal choices. Congratulations BillieJean on your most excellent submission! Well done to Helen and Clive too for such top edits