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Veiw of the Alps

By pickky
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.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 5:45PM
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.


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Jestertheclown 8 7.5k 249 England
16 Aug 2012 11:53PM
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.

Focus_Man 7 481 631 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2012 9:32AM
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.


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