The woods are so beautiful. The light filtering through the trees gives a magical quality to people down at ground level, but is also spectacular when viewed directly. Even the camera captures it well. The down side is that taking a picture into the sun robs an image of contrast and color saturation.
To adjust this image I did the following:
- Added back some saturation by using a quick run through Lab color space. This involves using curves on the a & b channels.
- Next, and adjustment layer increased overall contrast.
- Lens flare was added to increase the flare that already existed in the image. This helps draw the eye to the sun coming through the trees.
- Lastly, a gradient mask applied to an exposure adjustment layer of -2 stops darkens part of the image that in not intended to be the area of focus.
The final product is above. Hope you like it.