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Old Mar 21, 2013, 9:04 AM   #6
Greg Chappell
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I used the gradient filter tool in ACR (not available in DxO) to even out the lighting between the two halves of that first subject. As I set the exposure I was not really using the image itself to judge how bight or dark to expose, but watched the histogram instead and was able to keep both extremes from clipping.

In Adobe Camera raw I raised the reflection values using the darks and shadows sliders, slid the highlights slider down to control the brightest areas on top, then used the gradient filter tool to the same effect one might have used a graduated neutral density filter when shooting the scene to bring the sky values down further to something closer to the sky values in the reflection. The DxO Optics 8 processor I have been playing with has nothing similar to the gradient filter tool or ability to make small local adjustments like ACR.
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