Creative Images 2012 — photo 3 of 3:
The above image started as a photo (shown below) which I took in October 2011 of colored cliffs on the Island In Time Trail, in the Blue Basin Canyon, part of the Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, east of Oregon's Cascade Mountains.
Like the previous image, I transformed the landscape in Photoshop with one simple command. I adjusted the gamma correction from its normal value of 1.0 to a very low value of 0.15. That's it! Suddenly it looked like a desolate copper-mining planet, or something like that. All it needed was some celestial objects to replace the dark blue sky.
First I tried using some NASA photographs, which turned out pretty nice. But in order to enter this image in the local camera club monthly competitions, I could only use photographs or graphics which I had made myself. After searching around on the Web a bit, I found some tutorials which explained how to make planets, star fields, and other space objects. You can find the articles here:
Camera used: Sony Alpha α77 with Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
This photo won 2nd place in the monthly competitions of the Valley Viewfinders Camera Club in Albany, Oregon.