Compulsive Editing

Everyone posts photos to Facebook from their phones. It's fun to see where our friends are and enjoy their views.  Once in a while I see one that begs to be edited. It is usually one that is of a great view that I would love to see as my friend is seeing it, but the camera has made the image too dark. I usually ignore the urge to mess around with someone else's work. Occasionally I can't resist the urge and do it. My Facebook friend, Wendy M Murakami, allowed me to do some editing to one of her Facebook photos. In return I am posting the steps I took to reach the final image. For this edit I used Photoshop CC and Nik Plug-ins. Steps:
  1. Facebook Grab.... click on image in FB to enlarge. Right click and chose "copy image".
  2.  2. Open "new file".....the dialog box will have the dimensions of your saved image so just click "ok"  When new white page  opens in PS, paste in the saved image
  3. Make a copy of the background.... click and drag the icon in layers pallet to box to make copy.  (see below)
  4.  Open the Nik selection box and chose "tone mapping" under HDR
  5. Scroll through the options. I chose Deep 1. click "ok"
  6. The effect was too strong so I lessened it by going to the layer opacity and making it lower
  7. I was still not satisfied so I tried a curves adjustment layer. I made that by going to the "adjustment layer icon" and choosing curves. I made slight adjustments in the curve.
  8. I felt it still needed a bit more work so I used the Nik Collection plug in called Viveza. I used the spot adjustment on the glare on the water to tone it down and the global adjustment of structure to bring out the detail in the sky and sand. You can see in the detail box in lower right corner how much sharper it is.
  9. It was also too strong an effect so I adjusted the opacity like I did to the tone map.
  10. to finish I did crop the image a bit.  This image has two horizon lines, the true ocean horizon and the apparent line of the sandy beach.  By the slight crop I brought the beach line below the center point so it would not be chopping the image in half.