For this right folder, I had created a Hue/Saturation on top of it, for tweaking more this region of the picture, did the masking in other remaining parts.
And everything composed with some color corrections. The Gradient map that was already created and this new layer of levels in Light blend mode that I just crushed the contrast of darks and whites a little bit.
And tried to fix most of the things that I was seeing till this moment.
Take it out the little red stripes that I’ve painted in a layer, and color corrected to only 1 tone to see how’s gonna blend.
After a long time playing with this you have to take a break, flip the whole image… It’s the only way to refresh your mind.
Fourth Step – The critique
I started to send the last picture of the work in progress to a couple of friends that work in the industry and my teacher. They gave me good critiques, my teacher Max, said that I should put snow and shadow in some places for making the things looks like are really siting there.
I'd like to share some of the critiques that I got it.
The only thing I saw that looks a bit off is the area directly below the lighthouse. It looks a bit unfinished. The part in red (#1) looks a bit odd and unfinished to me, and the part in green (#2) looks a little like it isn't supported by anything. It kinda looks like it's floating....
My main suggestion would be to think about values. Though there is a lot of ice (which is reflective and bounces light) value is what creates depth in a piece.
Try looking at your image in black & white (I usually put a hue/saturation adjustment layer over the top that I can turn off & on). Look at other pictures of glaciers (I've attached a few samples) and think about where your light source is coming from. The building tells me there is bright light coming from the right - in
that case I would pump up the shadows on the cliffs that would not receive direct sun. Creating more variation in value will add contrast - which will create a greater level of interest in your piece.
Also - think about what the building is and why it is there. If it's a
lighthouse does it still function? If not would it still be in good shape? Would there be remnants of its demise like ship pieces in the ice below? If it does function would there be any other support structures around? Vehicles? How do people or things get to the building?
My last suggestion would be for the building to think about how it's
integrated. Would there be any other signs of the rock that the building
sits on? It also looks awfully close to the edge and a bit unstable due
to the undermined ice on the cliff below. If this is your intent than I
would address that.
So, the main things are - try to create a greater range in values, starting
from your darkest dark, leading up to your whitest white (which I would
reserve for highlights on points of interest). Think about the story of
this piece - why is the structure there and what is its purpose. Then
think about integrating the structure into the ice so that it looks like
it belongs in that environment - other bits of rock in other places or
more snow burying the structure.