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This shot was taken looking over to the Alps in Bavaria. I have a few more photos but feel a little dissapointed with the blue haze that is on the snap. Can this be taken of using photoshop 10. Glad of any advice.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 600D
Lens:18.0 - 55.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28.3 - 86.5 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Jul 2012 - 1:22 PM
Focal Length:34mm
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Landscape
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Veiw of the Alps
Username:pickky pickky
Uploaded:16 Aug 2012 - 11:11 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41262 forum posts United Kingdom203 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2012 - 5:45 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I don't think there is too much you can do, maybe select the mountains and selectively darken or adjust curves to bring them out a little.

This is an example of aerial perspective, where the haze in the atmosphere causes progressive lightening and contrast loss the further away from the camera you get. Typically evident with mountains, but also with buildings and trees, the best way to help overcome this is to use a UV filter on the lens when taking, which cuts through the haze. It doesn't eliminate it, but it does reduce it.
It is also one of the visual cues we use to establish depth in the landscape, along with shadow/highlights, apparent size of objects and other methods.

Nick

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Jestertheclown
16 Aug 2012 - 11:53 PM

Nick's just about beaten me to it.
I've had a go at this and it is possible to remove some of the haze and there is some detail to be found in those mountains but it would be quite a time consuming and tricky task to coax it out.
I've uploaded a mod. in which I selectively worked on the background in sections using layers and curves (mostly) levels (very occasionally) and then blurring, dodging and burning. I could, with more time, have used layer masks to improve the joins.
I only carried out a quick job; it took me about fifteen minutes and it's certainly not the best mod.I've ever put up but it does give you an idea of what you might be able to achieve by working on your much larger original.
Hope this helps.

Bren.

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2012 - 9:32 AM

Despite your problems of haze, this picture might be better dispayed as a 'letterboox crop'. The road seems to cause a split in viewability between foreground and background. In my opinion this would better removed either in total or in part, dependent upon how the crop affects the house to the lower left.

Attempts at modification will,I fear, not work satisfactorily, the only way is possibly by the addition of a UV fiter at the exposure stage.

FRank

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