Sunday, June 1, 2014

Image Enhancement Question

I mentioned a couple of days ago that I accidentally hit one of the magic dials on the Pentax near the end of the trip, and some really cool pictures were taken as ISO 1600 -- which in bright sunlight, with some very bright objects in the image, produced tragedies like this:

No, we were not at the Idaho Nuclear Laboratory.  I played a bit with adjusting brightness and contrast in IrfanView, then played with Curves in GIMP 2.8, with no luck.  Suggestions?


  1. Go back to Yellowstone.

    Details not recorded cannot be enhanced.

  2. Sadly, Mariner is correct. Details that are "blown out", to use photographer slang, can't be fixed although a talented Photo Shop user could fake them. The photo you posted previously is fixable to some degree but the this one is pretty much kaput.

  3. Yeah, you can't fix something blown out to pure white (or down to pure black or the limits of the sensor) - there's no data to recover.

    On the other hand, I think that image actually looks pretty neat...