For a coming project ( it has been coming for at least a couple of years now =) ), I did some tests on some rather bad scenery shots,but that I felt could be used in some sort of Zorn like style , if retocuhed a little. ( Swedish very famous artist that painted rather "roomy" ladies ( often the young maids )).
Like this image below, of a lake at sunset, very underexposed, and just shot in jpg.
Dock kan man måla upp den lite genom att tex göra ett nytt lager, och ändra blandningsläge till Overlay och sen måla med vitt för att ljusa upp områden ( gärna med ritbräda för bättre kontroll, annars med pensel på låg opacitet och dra flera gånger ).
You can use PWL ( Paint With Light ) on images like these. By adding a empty layer set to Overlay, and painting with white, you can brighten areas or use color as I did on the trees to simulate sunset light. I also painted with some orange on the sky to get the mood there as well.
( A better comparison on before and after can be seen in my retouch viewer at ... http://www.lutzimages.com/retouch_gallery/demo_viewer.html?url_image=zorn )
Heres another scene with the same problem. Rather dull and colorless.
... and here I painted the trees as well, and added highlights to the moss, and darken other areas .
I will put some young "roomy" maids in there someday, and sometome ago I did a test with Sara Lund on the moss image, where she feeds a deer. I also added some sun rays.