“There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be.”—Willy Wonka
“Pure Imagination” is one of my favorite songs and is from the 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. It was written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley specifically for the movie and was sung by Gene Wilder. The intro of the song, which also is the musical code for entering the Chocolate Room played by Willy Wonka, is the introduction of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro.”
The original image, shot at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and reminds me of a scene from Willie Wonka, that was kinda murky as captured with an Olympus ZX-1.
To punch up the image, I used the Detail Extractor filter in the free Color Efex Pro that has a simple interface containing three sliders: Detail Extractor, Contrast, and Saturation. Shadows and highlights can be manipulated using the software’s Control Point technology that’s part of every filter in Color Efex Pro.