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Alpe di Siusi : Before/after

Here is some explanation on how to I post-processed this picture.   I took this picture in August 2016 during a sunrise in the Dolomites.  The precise location is at Alpe Di Siusi.  This place is perfect for a golden hour shot since the sun rise on the left and light the sloppy hills and the mountains.

To create this picture, I used the two following exposure blended with a luminosity mask.  The goal was to recover the highlight in the sky.

I started in Lightroom by recovering shadows and adding contrast.  In Photoshop, I used an orton effect to give a dreamy look to the picture and corrected the blue.  I used a dodge and burn layers to add more depth to the forest and the light on the mountain.  I finished by adding some sharpening and noise reduction.  The final step was to give justice to the size of the mountain by warping it.

Here is a before and after that shows the main difference between the raw file and the final result.

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