Nicely done. It really does brighten up the image a lot. Thanks for taking the time.
I wish I had pulled out my flash for a catchlight in the dark eye, but I was shooting out the window and it was bitterly cold! I did get some pics where he was looking the other way and the eye was slightly more visible, but the image wasn't as sharp (I was probably shivering ;-).
I actually tweaked the levels a bit before posting, but decided to keep the flat tone since it reflected the scene that day. It was thickly overcast, very gray, foggy winter day. The precipitation on the yucca and wire is actually hoar frost, not snow. It was a surreal day with no horizon as the dull white of the snow was continuous with the dull white of the fog.
However, now that I see your tweaking, it looks a little bit more like the real thing. Thanks again.
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