How would YOU process this image from the Canadian Rockies?

I posted a different version of this scene back in December 2021 and this morning I found that I still had this un-edited file in the “Ready to Edit” collection in Lightroom.

I edited it this morning and now I can’t wait to see your take on it. Have fun!

Raw File

TN2021-_MG_9423.CR2 (33.3 MB)

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My Edit (click to see)

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A lovely scene. Here’s my processed version. Of course no mountain lake scene is complete with out someone in a red kayak :slight_smile:


Thar looks really good @Keith_Bauer ! I love the kayak. It looks great and I would have never guessed that it was added in post. Also, adding that little grassy bank to the left side really helps the image.

Hi Tom, thanks for playing along on this. It’s so much fun. I seem to take a somewhat less aggressive approach to these images…anyway here’s mine.

I use Capture One. I did a smart mask on the sky to do some adjustments to it. Then made a new layer, copied the sky mask and inverted it to work on the “not Sky” areas. I also created a gradient layer on the upper left corner to lighten up the blues in the sky there to more closely resemble the rest of the sky. Finally a few healing areas.


Hi @David_Bostock , I like your very natural processing and the fact that you took out that little bit of land in the bottom right. I think that really helps with the composition!

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Beautiful picture with great light. I built up the lights a bit and warmed up the whole picture a bit. Just a little contrast and structure for the sky. Contrast and structure for the mountains and additional warm exposure for the fir trees to match the color of the sky. A little dodge-burn brush use here and there. This may look a bit pale because the pictures get lighter every time I post them on the internet. My monitor is set for printing