....... the process of making things uniform or similar.
Last night I photographed this sunset looking across the hills and trees and after viewing it on the Cameras LCD thought ..'That's quite unbelievable...' but it's a Panoramic mode image shot with -2 exposure compensation...as a jpeg..yes jpeg, given some black edges so it is more Instagram friendly format size in Photoshop and fired onto the interweb....but we live in changing times....
The images below are from this same stock image above, the difference being that they have been churned through the Photoshop Edit> Sky replacement mangle...AI is with us, in the case of Luminar and other Programmes for some time already. Now I can see how this will help 'rescue' images and increase that all important 'like' when social mediarised but with most Digital equipment these days you have the opportunity to not only bracket exposures with ISO, but aperture, shutter speed and if you want to, colour balance...or even 'dare to dream' and go for 2 exposures , one for the foreground and one the highlights and mash them together...at least it will give you an image that appears to be an honest representation of what was there. So here are some sky replaced images from the one above.
Now I have to say the fully automatic masking is quite something else and I'll dig around and see if you can add your own skies to this process but maybe this will change landscape photography, knowing that you can 'rescue' something even though your technique or equipment let you down in the capture process, but as I was reminded recently, my old Printing lecturer at college always used to say 'Get it right in camera'...... he might have added now...'or there's always AI to bail you out'.
In these dark times let this be your fireside cup of cocoa with added digestive biscuits. It may skirt the edges of real art but I'll get there but who knows when???? Art from the edge of the Galloway Forest in downtown Ayrshire.