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hoodfirehouse2009I must admit I was hoping to be writing about my new lens I ordered but it has not arrived yet. This lens is the new Canon EF-M 11mm-22mm ultra wide-angle for my little EOS-M mirrorless body. The marketing guys at Canon decided not to sell this lens in America. What the heck! So I ordered it from Japan! Needless to say it isn’t here yet 😦 So I will just have to continue tweaking old photos with Corel and Lightroom until it gets here 🙂

sthelens1Have you ever gotten a good shot of a beautiful landscape and not had a polarizing filter handy? Perhaps your camera does not accept filters or your were traveling light, whatever. Well Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom has an easy fix. It is not a perfect fix, but in many situations it works well.

Take this shot of Mount St. Helens. The shot is properly exposed but suffers from haze and glare that a polarizing filter would have likely helped significantly. At the time I did not have a circular polarizer to fit my 200mm f 2.8 L lens and so I shot the image without one. It is a rather flat looking picture with little contrast. I think I had a 30d body back then. That was a good camera though for its day.

snip1Once loaded in lightroom a few tweaks to whites and blacks along with highlights and shadows can help set up the image for the next level of processing.

Here I chose to lower the luminance factor of blue and aqua color bands. This does not always work especially if there are blue items elsewhere in the lumisnipframe. Here however it works well. Lower the blue luminance factor and it causes the sky to darken. That alone can sometimes be enough.

Then the individual saturation control for color bands can enhance the sky a little more. A little tweak to the yellows and greens adds a little needed color pop as well.

satsnipI spent less than 5 minutes on this image and with a little more effort the outcome would be much better. None the less the image is an improved product. The sky is a little too aqua here so I need to back off aqua a bit more. Sometimes when I have a really good shot, I’ll spend a couple of hours with it to get the perfect blend. This image is a bit lacking in composition and interest so I just decided to use it as an example photo for digital processing. It is fun to play around with old images and see if you can create something nice out of a “cutting room floor” image.

 

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