As happens from time to time, nasty weather sent me trolling through my rather substantial collection of rejects; RAW Files which for one reason or another I had taken a look at but passed on processing. Many were pitched into the digital circular file because of excessive haze; a frequent problem when shooting on the coast. Like many of you I suppose, I employ UV and Haze filters when shooting at the beach but in many cases the scene is just overwhelmed by what I call heat haze. Frequently, of course, haze is an important element in a composition but often, I want a look at the scene without it being shrouded in mist. Then this past week, quite by accident, I came across the Photoshop Haze Removal tool. Bingo. Problem solved.
I’m a frequenter of the “Enhance” category which includes Color Curves and Light and Shadow adjustment, but for some reason I cannot explain, I never noticed the “Haze Removal” button. I quickly went to work.
The original versions of these three photographs were almost completely blanketed by rather dense morning haze which gave something of a surreal atmosphere to the scenes, but I always wondered what they would look like sans the haze. This is it. If only I took the time to familiarize myself with all software can do before I start using it. The story of my life. At least its keeping my aging brain active on a rainy day. Thanks for the look. See you next time.