To The Skies: An effort in Lightroom & Photoshop.

I have been taking advantage of the good weather on the south coast this weekend to experiment within my Adobe Programs; Lightroom and Photoshop. Specifically one of my favourite ‘subjects’ to capture: Clouds in the sky.

‘Planet in the Clouds’ (T.J.Nicholas, 2017)

Creative Commons License This work, “Planet in the Clouds“, is a derivative of “Ancient Mars” by Ittiz, used under CC-BY-SA-3.0. “Planet in the Clouds” is licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0 by T.J.Nicholas.

This composition was made by taking a photograph of the skies over Bournemouth and then proceeding to run it through Lightroom and Photoshop.


After experimenting in Lightroom with chiefly the contrast, vibrancy and clarity, the resultant image had a very space-like feel.


Later in Photoshop this ancient visualisation of our ‘red’ planetary neighbour was added to the composition. To serve as an alien-esque, exo-planet.


Creative Commons License (‘AncientMars‘ by  ‘Ittiz‘ is Licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0)

The planet was first transported into my composition then scaled, rotated, faded, blended then finally masked behind a selection of the luminescent cloud wisps. Which resulted in the final image:


Here are some of the other, less fruitful endeavours, from my sky focused photography: