Image Evolution: Recovery

This photo from my post on my very first bush plane flight is an interesting focus this month.  Oftentimes, I’ll have an image that seems so bad, it’s not worth salvaging.  And this isn’t always due to poor camera techniques.  I love shooting the birds-eye view from the window seat, and I’m at the mercy of the window between my lens and the landscape.

But I don’t lose hope!

Before

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

I liked this shot, but the poor glass of the bush plane washed the scene completely.  So it needed a lot of work.

Editing Steps:

  1. My custom preset
  2. Temperature correction
  3. Contrast
  4. Split toning to combat the strong blue cast and bring out more colors
  5. Lowering saturation (intensified with contrast)
  6. Graduated filters to balance the shadows top to bottom
  7. Converting to black and white with a sepia shift
  8. Adjusting colors to tame the oranges and browns of the sepia
  9. Radial filters to bring up local shadows
  10. Vignette

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It’s worth noting that I do not have a version of Lightroom or Photoshop with dehaze, so I’m a bit out of luck there, and I have to work with what I’ve got.  But I think the end result turned out alright!

After

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

I welcome your thoughts and comments!

What do you think?