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20 January 2022

We liked these crooked branches against the sky when we saw them, so we took a photo. When we got back to the bunker, though, we were disappointed.

Branches. Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm II R kit lens at 42mm, f5.6, 1/2000 seconds and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

Shooting Raw in Aperture Priority, the exposure was too dark, trying to make that sky middle gray.

That was easy enough to fix in Camera Raw by just increasing the Exposure until the clouds were bright. But we lost some of the blue in the sky and the branches still showed no detail.

So we made two small edits that saved the image.

Camera JPEG. Uncropped camera JPEG shows dull sky and dark branches from underexposure.

The first was a Color Mixer edit to decrease the Luminance of the Blues. Open the Color Mixer panel in Camera Raw, click on Luminance and slide the Blue sider to the left. Easy.

The second was to give just a little detail to those branches by moving the Shadows slider to the right in the Basic panel.

That's it. Nothing tricky. But what a difference.

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