Dehaze it or not

First of all, good news, my coffee machine is out of its comma! A couple of pieces changed, some bill to pay, and it’s back! Alive and kicking!

Corcovado (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in a day with low clouds. Final image with Lightroom CC (Photo: Cris da Rocha)

Corcovado (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in a day with low clouds. Final image with Lightroom CC (Photo: Cris da Rocha)

Last vacations we travelled to Brazil to visit the family and took the little time left to see some landmarks like the Christ on top of the Corcovado. Nice way up with the train (had only done by car before), but the day had low clouds, so the visibility of the city from atop was poor, moreover, the visibility of the statue itself was poor, since we were literally IN the cloud.

We tried to take shots of the family between openings in the clouds and I took some shots of the statue, within some clouds …

One of the new things of Lightroom CC that people are really talking about is the “dehaze” tool. A tool meant to reduce haze from images. Some people used it in extremely “hazy” images and the results were impressive, so I tried on one of the shots and I was very impressed by the results.

First the original cloudy shot to be dehazed.

Corcovado (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in a day with low clouds. (Photo: Cris da Rocha)

Corcovado (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in a day with low clouds. (Photo: Cris da Rocha)

Then I applied quite an amount of dehazing (+68) to actually remove some of the clouds.

Corcovado (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in a day with low clouds, applying Lightroom CC Dehaze tool heavily. (Photo: Cris da Rocha)

Corcovado (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in a day with low clouds, applying Lightroom CC Dehaze tool heavily. (Photo: Cris da Rocha)

The dehaze tool, in my experience, seems to make everything a bit blue, too blue. So reducing saturation/vibrance helps make things a bit more real. After that, a little bit of Lightroom love (contrast, whites and blacks, exposure) and we have at the top of the post.

Not bad! Before this tool this kind of image would be very hard to work with, probably would end up rejected. Now we can do something with it. I have also used for beach shots with hills as background and the result adds a nice touch to the image, removing part of the sea haze.

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About Cris Da Rocha

Astrophysicist, DB manager, cyclist, musician and, why not, "photographer to be". Back to enjoy photography after many years ... it's cool. Might share something nice and get something new.
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2 Responses to Dehaze it or not

  1. mohnfoto says:

    Seems like a powerfull tool, liked how u can dehaze slightly and i suppose add clarity for more defined haze

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