Inspired by another thread, I found this photo of an owl that I took a while back. The owl lives at our small local zoo in a fairly large pen behind a chain link fence. The shot was challenging because the pen is relatively large and the owl kept to a dark, shadowy corner that was quite far from my vantage point. I wasn't very impressed with the original shots, but decided to play around with LR3 to see if I could fix things up. Here are the before and after shots. Before After I made a number of adjustments to this photo using LR3. The adjustments included the following: - Blacks set to +5 - Brightness set to +50 - Contrast set to +25 - Tint set to +1 - Sharpen Detail set to +83 - Sharpen Radius set to +2.3 - Sharpening set to +50 - Shadow Tones set to -100 - Colour Noise Reduction set to +25 - Highlight Tones set to +75 - Shadow Tones set to -33 - Dark Tones set to -25 I also used the clone tool to fill in the crack in the wall behind the owl. I'd really be interested to see other "before and after" examples where otherwise bland photos were fixed up in post-processing. I'd also be interested in any tips other members have for working this magic.