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Old Feb 2, 2006, 2:07 PM   #1
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Greetings all. This is a rare shot since the gates of this dam are not opened very often.

The sun was in a very bad spot and washed out the sky on the right hand side. Do any of you have any idea on how to even out the exposure in the sky? (without replacing it completly)

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Old Feb 2, 2006, 4:01 PM   #2
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Unless you shot in RAW, its nearly impossible to recover blown highlights, and even then its not easy. In cases were the dynamic range is too great for the camera to capture, taking two exposures and blending them in ps is the best way to handle the problem.

In this case, i think the whole image is slightly overexposed. You may be able to recover some detail by decreasing the brightness and increasing your saturation and contrast slightly.
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Old Feb 2, 2006, 8:26 PM   #3
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The detail isn't completely blown out, but it's far gone enough that you probably won't be able to make it look nice. The best solution would likely be to use another image of sky and composite it over the overexposed sky.

I was able to recover some detail by using a curves adjustment layer with a mask. The colors were a bit off, so I added a color layer with some blue paint. I then used another curves adjustment to lower the overall exposure.


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Old Feb 2, 2006, 9:29 PM   #4
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This is a lovely pic. Corpsy, would love to know how you did the composite. Great shot great edit indeed. Regards. Jaki
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Old Feb 2, 2006, 11:55 PM   #5
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i gave it a try, darkened it a touch and added some contrast, then a little adjustment with curves. got some of the sky back, but as you said, the sun was in a very bad spot, and once part of an image is "blown", it's almost impossible to get any detail back. i can't help thinking a polarizer would have helped this shot a lot...


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Old Feb 3, 2006, 10:04 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone for your help.

I will play with it some more and see what happens.

Hopefully, next time all of the gates are wide open it will be a different time of year and the sun will be more friendly:-)

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Old Feb 3, 2006, 10:12 AM   #7
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hi mugmar is this ok,

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Old Feb 3, 2006, 8:07 PM   #8
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Well, I realize that it's been a while since the last post, but I thought I'd give it a try. Here mine.
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Interesting how all the edits are different. You need a hand lens to see.:G Regards. Jaki
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Old Feb 4, 2006, 11:11 AM   #10
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Very good edits Alex and DrDictionary.

If I may ask, how did you make the changes to the sky?

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