crop and enhance photo retouch

This picture almost got thrown out because it was painfully underexposed, and there’s just too much happening in the picture to be very interesting.  Then I noticed the superhuman jump captured on the lower left, as well as the flying saucer that happened to be flying through the frame when I pressed the shutter.  How lucky was that?

These were some of the things done to save the image:

  • Crop in tighter on the jumper.  Luckily with the resolution (14MP) of dSLR cameras these days, cropping in like that is very feasible.
  • Brightened everything up, enhanced the colors, giving extra saturation to the blues and reds.
  • Sharpened the image using a high-pass filter on a copy of the flattened image, then putting it on top of everything in overlay mode.