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here's a quick example of 4 adjustment clicks...

http://www.cs.uvm.edu/%7Ejauerbac/pics/05-30-11/aaron_ski.jpg

http://www.backtotheearthgroup.com/photos/fix.jpg


> Software won't really help so much as an understanding of what is  
> wrong with the pictures.
>
> The inherent problem is that the sun light angle is flaring your  
> lens, and causing illusory brightness in your scene. The camera  
> doesn't know this, and is trying to process the image with its built- 
> in algos. Since the scene isn't real (the brightness is a function  
> of the lens being flared, not the illumination of the scene) the  
> camera is going to fail in trying to process the image.
>
> As such, what you can do is apply the correct development scheme  
> manually. You won't be able to make the picture Powder Magazine  
> cover worthy no matter what without a stronger composition, but you  
> can at least make it look decently lighted to share the experience  
> with us.
>
> So what's the problem with the image that is caused by the lens  
> flare? Answer: the lens flare reduces the contrast of the scene, and  
> also is providing an uneven burn/dodge pattern across the image. The  
> camera tried to account for this by brightening the image. So things  
> are all tweaked. This sorta problem to me means the shot is pretty  
> Fd honestly... but you can at least correct one of the things... for  
> example I'd focus on correcting the contrast.
>
> With the contrast messed up by the lens flare, compounded with an  
> improper development algo from the camera, the entire scene is  
> contained in the top two thirds of the dynamic range of the scene.  
> To correct this I'd drop the image a third of the dynamic range,  
> which is about 1.3 stops of light. I'd then try to apply some  
> contrast to the lower part of the range to try to eek out some  
> detail of Aaron who's been mostly blacked out.
>
> All of this is easier in RAW than in JPEG... but w/e... here's the  
> result I got:
>
> http://www.famousinternetskiers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/aaron_ski21.jpg
>
> Compare to the original:
>
> http://www.famousinternetskiers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/aaron_ski2.jpg
>
> It's not great, but at least it's passable in this set of shots  
> intended to convey the experience.
>
> G
>
> On Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 10:30 PM, Joshua Auerbach <[log in to unmask] 
> > wrote:
> Well at home/on my lapotp I run all Ubuntu Linux these days and do  
> my photo editing with the GIMP
>
> However, I do have access to windows machines with Photoshop.
> Really though, I'm looking for a general strategy to fixing  
> something like this in any software.  I should be able to figure out  
> the specifics from there.
>
>
> Dylan Gamache wrote:
> What software are you using? What OS?
>
> Dylan
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> PS  If anyone's got some tips for improving (in software) those  
> photos of Aaron skiing with the sun behind him I'm all ears.
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