Enhancing a landscape

I am just learning how to improve photographic images. Here is one of my favorite efforts.

I created a panorama of Pilot Mountain in North Carolina from several digital camera images stitched using Panorama Factory. The result is below. You can see that this image suffers from several problems: the trees in the foreground are quite underexposed, and the heavy haze robs much of the image color and detail that would be present on a better day.

Contrast this with the following version, which resulted from manipulation in Paint Shop Pro beta 7.

I like this image much better.

The image was created from the first as follows:

After this, I did a resize (smaller) and sharpen to generate the web images. You can download a copy of Paint Shop Pro from the Jasc web site.

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