Reflections

“This is a photo I had originally taken 1/22/11, a day or so after a fairly large storm rumbled through Dallas.  I was in the park adjacent to Whiterock Lake here in Dallas and spotted a grouping of trees standing in a low spot which had been temporarily flooded.”

Editor/Photographer: Hugh Wolfe (G+)

I liked the reflections of the trees, but not so much the “normal” view of the trees and their background as it was too cluttered, thus my lowering of the camera to include the foreground and just the lower trunks of the trees.

I had been asked how I achieved the look of this image in the photo’s comments on G+, thus my response, however I had to “re-engineer” the results as I had almost forgotten how I had done it.

So here is the link to the posting on G+

And my response in the comments to the request on G+…

“This shot was taken a day or so after a big rain storm here in Dallas, 1/22/11, so there was a lot of water laying about in low spots. The original photo is not that much different as far as composition, I decided to highlight the reflection as opposed to the trees themselves as I liked the fallen leaves in the foreground. I was standing right at the edge of the water so as to not have any ground in the foreground.

There is a road in the background, you can see a small part of it just to the left of the large tree. And unfortunately the one shot that looked right to me, not out of focus as their was a pretty good breeze blowing variably so the water changed constantly, had a vehicle enter the frame from the left and I didn’t notice it till I got home and had a closer look at a larger image. So I cloned out most of it and decided that I should crop the photo fairly close to where the vehicle was located as I also liked the square format with this shot.

After those two processes were completed I decided I wanted to blur the edges a bit to diminish the sharpness. I think I used whats called the “vignette blur” filter, part of NIK Software’s “Color Efex Pro 3.0” traditional filters which I use within Nikons “Capture NX2”. NIK has come out with Color Efex Pro 4.0 recently, which I need to upgrade to, and you can download a trial version for several different post processing editors, http://www.niksoftware.com/colorefexpro/usa/index.php. I had used this particular filter a few times previous and liked the flexibility of it within Capture NX2 as it allowed me to determine the transition, size, opacity as well as choose the center location where it all emanated from.

I believe you could also use a Gaussian blur filter so long as you could adjust things to suit your image.

Actually I had forgotten how I had achieved this look so this was a good exercise for the old brain to figure it out again. I don’t have a copy of Photoshop so I improvise with what I do have. I like the NIK software as it uses the U-Point technology for determining what to change in your photos.

Have a look at the training videos on the NIK site as well… Theres a lot of good information there and it’s free.”