Truthfully one shouldn't use the burn, blur and sponge tool on photoghop. They tend to eat and creat pixelization if you ask me. The gradient tool isnt a bad way to escape the over contrasts, it actually can make it look more natural, yet in this picture its ok for bleached spots. You can only get so far with white. Where did you take this picture? In a hospital? It scared me at first how white everything is but now I actually like it. Something to keep me awake.
Yeah, I decided against the burn tool. Once in a while, blur is useful, as is dodge, but none of them had any use here.
I actually took this in my school, the Peabody conservatory. The doors on the left are all practice rooms Glad I could aid in your insomnia, and thanks for the comment!
Hmm...thanks, but I'm not quite sure what you mean by "burn the hotspots." *ducks away from the fast flying tomatos*
This one was yet another Physics inspired shot. I'll be doing my homework, start thinking about what else I could be doing, see a shot, and quit my homework. Such is life
Oh, I guess you're not acquainted with the burn tool in PS (it's ok...I know what it is, but I really suck at using it!). It's the hand icon right next to the blur tool and right under the gradient tool. It basically reduces the reduces the exposure in certain places. Play around with it a bit... and when you're done, teach me how to use it!