Recovering Detail, Elements And Digital Darkroom Techniques
I think this photo would have been better if I had been able to recover some detail in the sky (although there was´nt much, a typical Spanish sky with not many clouds) however the filter I used to give the sky some blue does´nt really work as it was burnt out grey/white and this is where Brandons excellent Tutorial comes into play.
As far as i´m aware it can´t be done in Elements, ( i´m an Elements user, so I guess it´s time to upgrade) but i´m no expert and someone out there may have a solution. Changing the mode to LAB (Photoshop) may be the way around it, It can´t be done in Elements, and you can´t really do it in Photomatix (though some Photomatix afficianados would probably disagree with me on that!
Here´s what Brandon say´s and I concur “When highlights are “blown” or clipped, attempting to recover it fully can be a futile effort”! If you are a CS5 user, check Brandons post out at Digital Darkroom Techniques, see it here, it´s an excellent tutorial and if you´re an Elements user as I am, you will get some valuable insight anyway!
Well, better sign off now, as i´ve got a 6: A.M start tomorrow-1/2 hour drive up to the Vall De Ebo, and my chart says sunup at 7:18 A.M- don´t know whether the sun comes up behind or in front of me up there, the road is so windy just don´t know where i´ll be in the scheme of things-if all goes well, i´ll be posting tomorrow evening – if not , i´ll be posting when I I can!
Good night all and happy shooting!