Last Christmas when I was in Melbourne I captured what I thought was a decent shot but my Tokina 11-16mm Wide Angle Lens has some lens flare issues. This photo which I took at first glance looks like a complete loss. However with only a few edits in Photoshop and Lightroom I was able to rescue the photo.
Once I loaded the image in Photoshop, I drew rough Selections as shown below and Feather the selection by 30px. I then applied an Adjustment Layer of Curves and darkened the selection. This got rid of all the Noise and Lens flare.
Finally, once the image came back into Lightroom 5 I applied some local adjustments using an Adjustment Brush with small increase in Exposure and Shadows. I applied these adjustments to the areas highlighted below.
And that’s it the image is now looking more meaningful and something worth keeping. There are a couple of lens flares on the right side of the base of the clock tower but I kind of liked them there so I didn’t remove them.
So no heavy Clone or Healing needed on this image, keeping it simple saved me so much time and produced a much better result. Finally the image was cropped to remove the road.