OxbowBend in the Grand Tetons National Park. The trick on this image was to get rid of all the smoke that blocked the mountains. The second view was about the middle exposure on the bracket. A little lighter than I usually get in brackets but the smoke from the fires clearly blocks the view of the mountains. I used many layers in the final photoshop editing of this to remove the haze, desaturate the blues that would occur with the dehazing tool. I had to do selections and several layers to get it close. Original image taken in 2012. Edited last week.
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Amazing composition. The work you put into retrieving the mountains from the smoke is Incredible. However what catches my eyes when viewing is the unknown black spots in the sky far right and again left side below the clouds. Dust spots on sensor or lens? Thanks for sharing.
@digicam you’re right. They are dust bunnies. I never noticed them until I used the enlarging feature on this site and saw them. I usually don’t miss those. Sometimes when dehazing it increases contrast and those spots show up. I just missed them. I wanted to post though, just to show the possibilities of recovering an image. There are a few more details that can be corrected along the edges of the selections. I may want to email you a few questions on what you do. I’m not sure of the “rules” on how to do that.
I was going to tell you that those spots were UFO’s but figured you wouldn’t buy it!! 😀
Steve, this is really nice image from the composition and processing point of view.
Beautiful image Steve. Well worth the time it took you to process.
@steve_zasadny . I would buy a UFO,........ only if it were reasonably priced.