From Blah to Rah! Reprocessing a Drab Image

capitol dome Olympia WA
Capitol Dome, Olympia Washington - ©Scott Allan Stevens
After a Photomatix bath, a Photoshop toweling off, and a little Topaz Adjust Spicify lotion…

I was organizing some old photos this morning, and recalling a digital processing technique detailed by Rick Sammon in his book HDR Photography Secrets for Digital Photographers.

 The secret in question is processing a drab photo using Photomatix and Photoshop and Topaz Adjust (Spicify!) to increase color, contrast, and general interestingness. And I gotta say, I’m pretty sold on the results. I won’t detail every minute step here, but compare the photo above with the original unprocessed image below, and I think you’ll notice a difference. Note that I did shoot the original in RAW, so there was more info to work with, but such processing can even improve JPG images. And I’ll admit that I didn’t spend a lot of time on this image and am not completely satisfied (halo, chromatic abberation), but I wanted to show the dramatic difference possible with a few simple tools.

Makes me wonder what other diamonds in the rough are in my hard drive, just waiting for a nice polishing…

Capitol Dome, Olympia Washington - ©Scott Allan Stevens
Original, unprocessed image

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