Mountains - How can I make it better?

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  1. tnvol

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    Took this the other day. What can I do to make it better? Thanks in advance!

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    It's severely lacking in contrast and it looks noisy. To me, it looks like it was probably too dark and someone tried to fix it and did a poor job of it.

    It wouldn't be hard to get some of the contrast back...in Photoshop, I'd primarily use the levels & curves tools.
     
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    Needs more contrast
    Overexposed/washed out
    No foreground/middle ground. It's all mountain, with no sense of depth. You COULD say the mountains are the middle ground and the sky is the background, but it would still be lacking a foreground.
     
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    My photoshop skills are very limited at this point. I use Lightroom. I actually had to darken it a lot because it was a really bright and hazy day. Lot's of dust in the air. It was really overexposed. Thanks for the input!
     
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    In Lightroom, adjust the 'black' slider in the exposure panel....I'd also try using a good amount of 'clarity' and finally using the curves adjustment (graph) to give it more contrast & pop.

    You could also try playing with the color...maybe add some vibrance.
     
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    in my limited experience, I'd say it needed to be stopped down 2/3-1. Maybe even more. But maybe that's just contrast, since your whites are gray and blacks are dark gray.

    I would have tried it metered off the ground, the clouds and the blue sky. If that didn't work, I'd go to exposure compensation.

    EDIT: Playing with this in GIMP: +50 contrast, -40 blue saturation. I might leave a little more blue, it washed out a little contrast when I desaturated it.

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    If it was really overexposed then you probably lost alot of information from clipping the highlights. Bringing the exposure down might have introduced a lot of posterization too, which is what I'm seeing; that might be what appears to be noise.

    I know the saying is "expose right" but one can certainly overdo it. :greenpbl:
     
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    Bring down the blue saturation. The image now looks like a polarizer filter was used improperly (as they usually are) to give it that fake blue look.
     
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    There are several things which could be done to dramatically improve the composition of the photograph. Unfortunately, these have to be considered prior to exposure.

    Post-processing is not a cure-all.
     
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    Could you please tell what they are?
     
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    Personally, I kinda like the composition. You've got decent balance (in my untrained eye) from the upper right corner to the lower left corner, nice use of lines in the bottom thrid of the photo, and the cloud shadows on the mountains give it nice depth.

    I'm a noob, though, so take what I say with a grain of salt.
     

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