The photo I posted this week was taken in the rural small town of my country, called “Los Nevados”. This picturesque village is located in Merida State, in the middle of the “Sierra Nevada National Park”, in the Andina Mountain Range, at 2700 m height.
Not big effort in edition (as I often do); besides the basic routine of levels and contrast adjustments, this time, I practiced trying to recover some details from the deep shadow, produced by the strong contrast, using layer mask:
- I applied my normal adjustments in levels and contrast.
- Duplicated the final layer and created a mask.
- A new considerable level adjustment to lighten up the darkest zones and get some textures in the porch of the house as well as in the faces.
- Applied the brush to the mask over the rest of the image to get back the previous levels.
- Finally, I cropped the image to straighten it and focusing the attention mainly in that porch context.