Quick comparison of the processing:

Here are the two working files sooc:






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I wish I’d kept the PSD of all the color work I did. Next time I’ll try to make note.

The elements:
elements

The crop:
before

The edit:
after

I mainly just boosted the contrast for this. There’s not much you can do in terms of vignetting and color when working with a “black board.”


_mg_0002
focus
_mg_0002_1



_mg_0002_5
_mg_0013
confetti
layers
vs


_mg_0020
before
stock1
stock2
butterflies
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b&a
b
a
water

Curiosity killed the cat :)
progression
Scenery created using my own stock images of grass/landscape. Sometimes I’ll use the same base image for multiple compositions, but of course I always crop & edit according to the scene I envision. For this particular set up I played with the color balance, and hue & saturation to make the grass look like sand, then I added a base blue sky using the brush tool to actually paint it on. I also played with the perspective (filter > distort > lens correction) to give the horizon a slight curve, blurring the horizon line so as not to have any sharp edges.
base
mountains
Google search ” white sand mountains” – blended with the screen mode in PSCS3 & used to create a distant horizon.
sandtexture
Google search “sand texture” – blended with the screen mode in PSCS3 & used to create leading lines.
camel1
Photograph by Brooks Walker – National Geographic – http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/printable/dromedary-camel.html
camel2
Free Large Photos: http://freelargephotos.com/?subject=Camels
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It’s kind of tough to show you b&a’s of this one. I hope this is enough.
contactsheet-001
combined
color
expand
fin

Fairly simple b&a.
before2
idea1
during
after1

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