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I have an awesome photo .......except that there was a spotlight pointing in my direction as I took it. The result is a glare.  Otherwise the pic is a classic chiaroscuro cityscape. 

I know it cannot be totally removed, but is there a way its effect can be reduced almost unnoticeably. I tried -Adjustments: brightness/contrast- but reducing either just created a grey blot with a distinct "border".

 

Is there another PAINT.NET trick of the trade similar to "redeye removal" that can disguise these glares please, because I am sure this comes up quite often? 

I attach a jpg file of a crop of the problem.

Thanx & regards
Will

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You're not going to like this, but there isn't a program in the world that can save that picture. Your glare is so bright it makes a large part of the image totally white, essentially removing all image data at those spots. Your best bet is to retake the picture.

I did some testing, and my best results were with brightness and contrast set to -70 and +40, then reduce noise with 10 radius and .7 strength

 

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Actually, Noob, that was only a partial crop from the original. (There was a 'naturist' element I wasn't going to publicise here lol)

I had been trying to reduce the contrast, believing it would restrain the brightness. It never struck me that increasing the contrast would restrain the dazzle to within a short radius and deminimise the spread.
Then, when I applied your noise attributes it helped enormously. 

I knew it couldn't be "removed", but that has helped clarify the rest of the picture. 

Thanxalot Will

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Thank you for your discretionary cropping.  :-)

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Actually, Noob, that was only a partial crop from the original. (There was a 'naturist' element I wasn't going to publicise here lol)

I had been trying to reduce the contrast, believing it would restrain the brightness. It never struck me that increasing the contrast would restrain the dazzle to within a short radius and deminimise the spread.

Then, when I applied your noise attributes it helped enormously. 

I knew it couldn't be "removed", but that has helped clarify the rest of the picture. 

Thanxalot Will

The reduce noise plug-in is one of your best tools. Once you learn the radius strength. I always start with 10 and .40 and work from there.

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