My first steps in Lightroom are always the same with a slight variation from time to time. I adjust the brightness and shadows, clip the blacks and whites. These 4 steps open up the image so you have a better idea of what you’re working with. At this phase, the mountain sides to left and right were very blue so I reduced the saturation of that one color- which didn’t seem to affect the sky. I then played with overall contrast and clarity but the mountains on either side were lacking definition so I exported into Perfect Effects 8. I used Dynamic Contrast and Tone Enhancer, which both seemed to add more definition and cut through the slight haze. I then imported back to Lightroom and went overboard with the saturation- which I’m not happy about. My feeling is that I went a bit too far and the image does not need the over saturation of color. Also, there is a slight ghosting on the upper left edge of the mountaintop which I need to address. So, this image is in no way completed. Your thoughts and comments are- as always- greatly appreciated!
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