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ENHANCED VISION OF HAZY IMAGES USING IMPROVED DEPTH


ESTIMATION AND COLOR ANALYSIS

Mr. Prasath P 1, Mr. Raja G 2

1Student, Dept. of comp.sci., Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Engineering College,Tamilnadu,India.

2Assistant Professor, Dept. of comp.sci., Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Engineering College, Tamilnadu,India.

Abstract 1. INTRODUCTION
Images are captured during inclement weather Diverse weather situations such as haze, fog,
conditions such as fog, sand, and mist, that images are smoke, rain, or snow will cause multifaceted visual
called as hazy images. Those images are frequently feature effects of spatial or temporal domains in images or
degraded visibility and unwanted color cast effects. Due to videos [13]. Such artefacts may appreciably
these effects, original image may not be clear. In such
humiliate the performances of outdoor vision
situation Laplacian-based visibility restoration
systems relying on image/video feature extraction
approaches usually cannot adequately restore images due
[4] or visual attention modelling [57], such as
to poor estimation of haze thickness and the persistence of
event detection, object detection, tracking, and
color cast problems. In proposed system, Enhanced refined
recognition, scene analysis and classification, image
transmission technique is used to solve effectively
inadequate haze thickness estimation and alleviate color indexing and retrieval [8].Images or video bear
cast problems. It improves the performance quality of from lack of quality taken under such conditions,
systems such as object recognition systems, obstacle unless the hazy appearance is needed for artistic
detection systems, video surveillance systems, intelligent reasons. Visibility restoration [9] refers to different
transportation Systems. Experimental results via methods that seek to reduce or remove the
qualitative and quantitative evaluations demonstrate that
degradation that have occurred while the digital
the proposed method can dramatically improve images
image was being obtained. The reasons of the
captured during inclement weather conditions and
degradation can be factors like blurring due to
produce results superior to those of other state-of-the-art
camera miss focus, relative object-camera motion,
methods.
relative atmospheric turbulence and various others.

Key Words: Laplacian-based visibility restoration,


Enhanced refined transmission.

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Fig .1 a) Input Haze Image b) Output Haze Free Image

In this paper, we discuss the degradations duo to regards to image additionally enhance the contrast
bad weather like fog, haze, rain and snow in an of fog picture. Image restoration firstly studies the
image. The key reason of degradation of picture physical process of image imaging in foggy climate
quality of outside screen in the mist and fog climate [9].Several algorithms have been anticipated to
condition is for the most part the diffusing of a light boost the quality of images taken under foggy
before arriving at the camera because of these environment, focusing for instance on visibility.
extensive amounts of suspended particles (e.g.
haze, dimness, smoke, impurities) in the weather. 2. BACKGROUND
This influences the typical working of automatic There are several methods for estimating the haze
monitoring system, outdoor recognition system and contribution in a single image. One of the most
intelligent transportation system. By the use of haze successful is the enhanced refined transmission,
removal methods of picture we can improve the proposed by He et al.,4 and is used as the basis for
stability and strength of the visual framework. Haze haze estimation in this paper. Here we briefly
is a case of the opaque medium (e.g., particles and summarize the approach.
water droplets) in the atmosphere, which will The enhanced refined transmission is derived
humiliate outdoor images due to atmospheric assuming a noise-free image with the following
absorption and scattering [8].Its removal is an image formation model:
excessive undertaking as fog relies on upon the
unknown scene depth data. Fog effect is the I(x) = R(x) t(x) + a (1 t(x)) (1)
function of distance between camera and object.
The haze removal approach might be divided into where I(x) represents the hazy image captured by
two classifications: image enhancement and image the digital camera; J(x) represents the scene
restoration. Image enhancement classification radiance, which can be regarded as a haze-free
excludes the reasons of haze humiliating picture image; A represents the global atmospheric light; x
quality. This method loses a portion of the data in
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represents each pixel location of the incoming In this section we consider the existing
image; and t(x) represents transmission map, which system design and the proposed system.
is used to describe the non scattered light between 3.1 Existing System
the observed objects and the digital camera. Note In Existing the dark channel prior is to estimate
that the first term J(x) t(x) and the second term A(1 scene depth in a single image and it is estimated
t(x)) of (1) represent the direct attenuation and through get at least one color channel with very low
the air light, respectively [26]. The decay of scene intensity value regard to the patches of an image.
radiance J(x) can be described by direct The transmission map will be estimated through
attenuation, which is subject to medium and scene atmospheric light estimation. The key to the dark
depth information. channel prior is the observation that natural haze-
Moreover, the air light value usually suffers from free outdoor images are generally well textured,
scattering and absorption by atmospheric particles, and contain a variety of colourful objects. As a
resulting in scene colour variation. When the consequence, most patches will contain one or
atmosphere considered here is assumed to be more pixels with very low intensity in at least one
homogenous, the transmission map t(x) can be of the colour channels. These dark pixels can be
expressed as attributed to dark objects, shadows, or objects that
t(x) = ed(x) (2) are primarily a combination of only one or two of
Where represents the scattering coefficient of the the RGB colour channels. With this observation in
atmosphere, and d(x) represents the scene depth mind, one can construct the so called dark
information between the observed object and the channel of an image, which can be expressed
digital cameras obtained by simply subtracting the mathematically as a minimum value operation in
dark channel of the normalized image from 1. The patches around the target pixel:
scaling parameter, w, takes a value from 0 to 1, and
corresponds to the amount of haze left in the image. (3)
After the initial haze estimate is obtained, a where Idark(x) represents thedark channel of
refinement step is required to suppress halo image I at pixel location x, Ic is a colour channel of
artefacts. He et al.4use the Matting Laplacian.12 image I, and y (x) signifies all pixels y in a local
Although this is not the quickest solution, it patch around x. If applied to a haze-free image, the
provides visually satisfactory results, and so is the above observation yields:
process used in this paper. Finally, the dehazed
image is usually recovered by simple inversion of (4)

Eq. (1), solving for R. In contrast, hazy images contain an additive


atmospheric light component, yielding:

3. SYSTEM MODEL (5)

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Since t(x) is essentially constant in a local window is windowed filter of linear class by its nature is
and a is usually close to white (meaning it wont weighted mean named after famous scientist Carl
significantly affect the dark channel value), the dark Gauss because weights in the filter calculated
channel prior effectively identifies the relative haze according to Gaussian distribution.
content throughout an image. This can aid in 3.2.1.2 Adaptive Gamma Correction
estimating the atmospheric light, a. Following Ref. Adaptive Gama correction is used to enhance
4, we estimate this component as the brightest RGB contrast in digital image that improve the
intensities in the hazy image among the pixels brightness of dimmed image via the gamma
corresponding to the top 0.1% brightest dark correction of luminance pixels. Automatic
channel locations, i.e. the regions where haze is modifying histogram and enhancing contrast and
most dominant. Improve brightness of dimmed images, Gama
3.2 Proposed System correction often simply gamma, is name of a
In our method the haze removal was done using nonlinear operation used to code and decode
visibility restoration of single hazy images using luminance values in video or still image system.
color analysis and depth estimation with enhanced Gama correction is, in the simplest case, defined by
refined transmission technique. The hazy removal the following power law expression.
technique divided into three categories such Vout=ANin
additional information approaches, multiple image 3.2.1.3 Depth Map Estimation
approaches, single-image approaches. The first two Depth estimation refers to the set of techniques and
methods are expense one and high computational algorithms aiming to obtain a representation of the
complexity. Recently single image approach is used spatial structure of a scene and to obtain a measure
for this dehazing process because of its flexibility of the distance of each point of the seen scene.
and low cost. The restoration model is proposed Depth estimation in computer vision and robotics is
with utilization of median filter and adaptive most commonly done via stereo vision, in which
gamma correction technique. This approach images from two cameras are used to triangulate
overcomes the problems such as color distortion, and estimate distances. However, there are also
artifacts and insufficient depth information. numerous monocular visual cues. Such as texture
3.2.1 Module description variations and gradients, defocus, color/haze.
3.2.1.1 Median filtering: 3.2.1.4 Visibility Restoration
In noise removal process, initially we convert the Visibility restorations refer to different method that
image in gray. And then we filter the noise from the aim to reduce or remove the degradation that have
image. In Filtering we are applying Median filtering occurred while the digital image was being
to our input image. Gaussian filtering is often used obtained. Visibility Restoration module can
to remove the noise from the image. Here we used effectively recover visibility in the restored image
wiener2 function to our input image. Median filter and high-quality image can be generated.
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4. EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS restoration results can be divided into two

This section explores the qualitative and categories, i.e., reference methods and non-

quantitative evaluations to comprehensively reference method. In our experiments, we perform

compare the proposed method to the other ERT- the local min operator using Marcel van Herks fast

based methods, including the methods of He et al. algorithm [8] whose complexity is linear to image

[2], Xie et al. [7], Xu et al. [28], and Jin et al. [12]. size. The patch size is set to 15 15 for a 600 400

The evaluations are achieved by using image. In the soft matting, we use Preconditioned

representative image databases, including Flickr Conjugate Gradient (PCG) algorithm as our solver. It

[16], Picasa [18], and Google Images [20], for a total takes about 10-20 seconds to process a 600400

sample set of 1586 images. In addition, all pixel image on a PC with a 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4

compared approaches were implemented by using Processor. Figure e show our haze removal results

the C programming language on an Intel Core i3 and the recovered depth maps. The depth maps are

3.07-GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM, running a computed using Equation (2) and are up to an

Windows 7 operating system. Quantifying the unknown scaling parameter . The atmospheric

restored images is a very difficult task. This is lights in these images are automatically estimated

because a real-world haze-free reference image has using the colour analysis method. As can be seen,

not been validated for quantification of restored our approach can unveil the details and recover

images. In general, the objective metrics used for vivid colour information even in very dense haze

quantitatively estimating the efficacy of the regions.

(a) (b) (c)

(d) (e)
Fig.2 a) Input Hazy Image b) Median filter c) Gamma correction d) Depth map e) Output Haze free image

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