collageAt first glance, it was evident that this photo of the Grand Tetons could be enhanced. The photo was taken in the month of August and the lake you see is literally melted snow and glacier water–it might be the coldest water I’ve ever swam in! Before making edits I knew that I wanted to bring out the cool hues while at the same time maintaining the summertime warmth experienced on dry land. From my preferred host program Photoshop, I edited this photo with three different Topaz plug-ins: Adjust, Detail and then Lens Effects.




I first straightened the photo (ctrl/cmd T) using the ruler tool as a guide (ctrl/cmd R–click on the ruler and drag down to get a light blue line that acts as a guide):

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Effects applied:

1. Relative Contrast (Vibrant Collection)

2. Brilliant Warm (Classic Collection)


Adjusments were only made in the Tone panel as shown:

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Lens Effects

Effects applied:

1. Filter – Reflector-> Gold Bottom (Apply)

2. UV Haze-> Slight Haze Reduction (Apply)

3. Filter Warmth-> Cool III (Apply)

Back in Photoshop

I enjoyed the effects that had taken place in the mountains and water, however the clouds were catastrophically ruined.  I reverted back to the original image and made a Quick Selection of the clouds and brought them back into the edited photo.


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Finally, I took the cloud selection into Adjust were I increased the adaptive exposure a tad bit to make the clouds stand out a little bit more.

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The end result:

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