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I wanted to see if I could reveal the details hidden in the underexposed sculpture in the way that a flash would have done it.

I created 4 layers, two to reveal the sculpture with a contrast mask, one to sharpen the picture, one to reveal the sky.

To reveal the sculpture details, I used a contrast mask (duplicate the layer, desaturate, invert, blur, set the layer in overlay mode). I added a layer mask to apply the contrast mask only on the sculpture (paint only the sculpture in white leaving the other parts in black, blur).
The effect was not enough strong, so I duplicated the contrast mask.

I added +20 to the saturation of the background layer.

I added a sharpening layer. I duplicated the background layer, applied Unsharp Mask with radius 1 pix and amount 0.5. I added to this layer an edged mask to apply the sharpening only on the edges, and not on the sky (not to increase the noise).

I decided to see what was hidden in the white sky. The following technic is similar with the one which could have been obtained with a bracketing technic or a polarised filter. I duplicated the background layer, applied a layer mask, selected the sky with the magic wand, and filled the selection with white. I blurred the layer mask and tuned the levels of the sky by increasing the black point from 0 to 150. This shows some noise ine the sky, but I consider that the resulting sky is better than the original (in my opinion).

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nofer, soulie, SampraS, cmarino, gezgin37 a/ont considéré(s) cette retouche comme utile

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