365-168 Reflections

Visited my old standby, the cemetery, today to see if there was any action at the duck pond. There were no ducks to speak of but  quite a few big geese waddling around everywhere. Enough geese where I had to watch where I was walking 😉 . I decided to explore around the pond anyhow and look for some other subjects. I shot a few flowers and just missed shooting a small egret that flew away as soon as I saw it.  It wasn’t until I walked around to the other side that I saw the trees, backlit from the evening sun, reflecting into the water. I took a few different angles but I liked this one of the lone tree the best. Obviously I was going for a painterly effect so after I flipped the photo and cloned out a few small distracting sticks floating in the water, I added a Topaz Adjust layer to minimize detail and reduced opacity to around 60%. I the added a Nik Silver Efex B&W layer to finesse the contrast, reduce saturation and add vignette with an opacity of about 45% (I really need to write this stuff down sometime). That’s it!  Pentax K20D, DA 55-300.

Tree at Pond

© David Guidas

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4 thoughts on “365-168 Reflections

  1. Looking for a painterly effect? You found it!
    This image is grand! I like the Nik Silver Efex layer used to desaturate. Never thought of that (I just go full steam to B&W!).

    • Thanks John. I kind of make up my own rules as far as processing. There are probably easier methods (Nik Color Efex?) but I like the results I get.

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