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Hazy blue mountains

Was recently on a trip to view the highest peak in South East Asia,
There is this bluish hazy tint. How can I remove it without using Photoshop or Lightroom.

B01) A view from the Kudasan town


B02) A zoom in view


B03) A Dramatic tone art filter panorama
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Re: Hazy blue mountains

Wow, love the clouds on the second shot!



if you import the shot into Lightfoot you should be able to use white balance controls to remove the blue cast.
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Re: Hazy blue mountains

The second image is excellent
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Re: Hazy blue mountains

What's lightfoot? I can't seem to find any photo editting program called Lightfoot.

I tried using the Corel Photo editor's dropper, no luck. the grey turn hazy warm
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Re: Hazy blue mountains

If it's a JPEG then accurately tweeking the white balance in PP is going to be difficult whichever program you use. But hey, you've got some spectacular pictures of a seriously impressive mountain!
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Re: Hazy blue mountains

#2 is spectacular.

Removing the blue cast is going to affect the whole picture (unless you use masks) and adjusting the white balance (the obvious choice) will affect the clouds. Its all a matter of taste as to the final picture.

Without using Photoshop or Lightroom you are probably looking at some free software so Olympus Viewer or Gimp spring to mind.

Hope you don't mind but I attempted this with Olympus Viewer 3 working from the jpeg. There is still a blue cast but it is not as blue and I attempted to keep the green of the slopes as accurate to the original as possible given the other changes. The change is subtle but I didn't want to go overboard. I'm not sure if this is what you were thinking of achieving but it does show how any software can be used to change the feel of the shot. Just have a play with all the settings and see what happens.

Olympus Viewer 3 changes-
Tone Correction: Manual, 39
Tone Curve: just dropped the top right to bring back some cloud detail lost by other changes
Brightness: -5
Contrast: 22
Gamma: 1.2
Colour Balance: Red +11, Green +7, Blue +2 (sounds counter intuitive but it neutralized the colour cast from the other changes)
Hue: +4
Colout Filter: Dark Red +1

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Re: Hazy blue mountains

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What's lightfoot? I can't seem to find any photo editting program called Lightfoot.
Auto-correct failure! Of course I meant Lightroom!

I've had a quick bash at reducing the blue in Lightroom as well... I did this using the White Balance Selector and clicking on the mountains:

Mount Kinabalu by blu-by-u
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Re: Hazy blue mountains

Spectacular shot of the mountain.
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Re: Hazy blue mountains

Thanks. Let me see if I can get anything more out of this tutorial. I totally forgot I got that Corel Photo program.

Ok..no program call Lightfoot. (hehehe) Someone should come up with a rival program with that name.
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Re: Hazy blue mountains

I live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney in NSW & that is (the blue haze) part of their character & to remove (too much) would take away the reason for their name. Maybe a bit of application by the Clarity Tool (in Capture One to the RAW file) would give sufficient adjustment & maybe with a little colour tweaking.
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