Attempt at rescuing my photo

Started Feb 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
jbf
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Re: Attempt at rescuing my photo
In reply to arangast, Feb 3, 2013

arangast wrote:

Hi guys, was hoping to get some input on an old photo that I've been trying to fix up.

It's a shot of Mount Fuji taken on my old Pentax K-M back in 2009, I actually bought the camera the day before to get some good shots but was disappointed with the results at the time - it was a very hazy day and the light wasn't good.

Thankfully I took this one in RAW and now that I have a better understanding of post-processing have been having another stab at getting something better out of it.

I played with the tone curve and did some shadow recovery + sharpening and noise reduction in RawTherapee then did some very small adjustments in Gimp (removed a blown out street light and attempted to reduce the glow effect on the top of the trees caused by the shadow recovery).

These days I'm used to doing some tweaking to improve my photos but this is the most drastic I've tried and don't know if there's anything else I can do to it. I know it will never be up to the level of all you guys on here but it would be nice to have a good pic to go with the great memory.

Here's the original:

My attempt:

...and finally a crop:

Thanks for looking and comments and criticism are welcome!

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Camera: Sony NEX 5R

I like the processing that you did on the mountain.  The processing at the bottom of the photo bringing out the trees and buildings looks more artificial when viewed at full size.  I'm also not sure if bringing out the stuff at the bottom enhances the photo.  The decoration on the building is interesting, but it's small in the frame, obscured by the trees, and competes for attention.  I think hiding it rather than bringing it out might be a better choice unless it's an important element to you.  The best aspects of the image to me are the older tower and the color of the light on the right side of the mountain.  I hope you don't mind, but in order to better balance the image I created a new version where I moved the tower to the opposite side of the mountain, then I cloned out the rest of the detail at the bottom.  It's not a great editing job, but I wanted to post a small sample to illustrate what a simpler composition might look like.  It's obviously not a realistic document of the scene, but this scene required some manipulation anyway due to the original photo quality, so why not take it a little further.

Hope this helps,

jbf

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