Transformation and breakdown
What do we need to do in order to get this image into a night image?
I want to take a little time analysing existing photographs of buildings at night firstly – because after all this project is about creating photorealistic, integration. I am new to using nuke analysing these images will allow me to see how I could go about tackling this task.
Increase contrast, reduce white colour, increase dark matter, reduce wash out, insert a sky either by rotoscoping etc. Maybe add lights to the window -experiment with this.
Potential sky backgrounds editing in: www.kaneva.com 1600 x 1200
www.photoree.com 1600 x 1200
Choosing a sky.
Above is the potential skies I could have used. I went with the middle sky. (b)
Why I chose to do the sky with no moon*
Analysing the original photo and the above edits in progress you can see that light is reflecting in the windows. I feel it would be perhaps better to imply the moon is in front of the building and slightly edit the colours of the window. The moon does create a more atmospheric piece however.
Things I need to do next:
Dulling out the white bottom right, dull windows
To do this I will need to use the roto node, however I think I need to research more into this node as I am having a little trouble with it.
*Final update – I did have trouble with the Roto but I discovered where I went wrong meaning I was able to take some of the blue away in the reflection of the glass. This was something which was spoiling the night illusion in my eyes. Above is my final conclusion.
Recap of the final comparison