This image of the sad seagull was first used in a post in October 2012.  It perfectly conveyed a mood of the end of the summer season at the shore.  However, I was always disappointed that I could not bring out the detail of the houses along the bay seen only dimly below.

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Then, last June I took a workshop at the South Jersey Camera Club on the subject of Nik filters, given by Denise Bush.  I had gotten away from Nik and more into the sliders and brushes of Camera Raw, and also into Topaz.  In this refresher Denise showed the use of one of her favorite filters, Tonal Contrast (in Color Efex Pro 4).  It is powerful, and I’ve used it a lot since then.  So, to use my sad gull again to close a September 2015 end-of-summer post I applied Tonal Contrast.  Mirabile dictu, my foggy detail came more clear.  Thanks to Denise and to Nik.  (BTW, I also brightened the bird’s feathers with other brushes, not Tonal Contrast.)

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