Marti Buckely  

Reflection by Marti Buckely

May 2020 - Reflection

May 2020 - Marti Buckely


About the Image(s)

I'm always intrigued by standing water and woods but never seem to get much of a shot. This reflection was taken at Starved Rock State Park in Illinois. There had been some rain and these trees were in the water. I warmed up the image and added some "Ripple" to the water using the Filter-Distort-Ripple filter.

12 comments posted

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
I am always fascinated by water reflections, mainly because of the colorful abstracts they can create. Your enhancement was a good idea, but it does not alter much from the original. For me the brighter trees take dominance. At times I look at reflections as paintings and flip the image vertically, concentrating only on the reflection as the composition. In this case it does not work. I think the reflection is too dark and the trees are too bright.
  Posted: 05/03/2020 17:41:12

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
I think this is a beautifully composed image. The reflections of the leaves in the water look like an oil painting to me. I like how you brightened the leaves on the trees and darkened the ones in the reflection. To me, they appear as they would in a soft light.   Posted: 05/05/2020 16:09:30

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
I think the leaves at the top serve somewhat as a frame but, as Joe says, also act as a distraction because in general the eye is attracted to the lightest element in the image. In this case the composition seems top heavy. I agree with Mike that there is a painterly quality to the trees and reflection. There is also a sense of mystery here;
I wonder what might be lurking behind any tree ...   Posted: 05/09/2020 14:36:53

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
I, too, love a good reflection and am almost sorry that you put the ripple effect in. The overall cast of the image is quite dark. I think I might have brightened the tree trunks above the water a little bit to make them stand out and make the reflection as pure as possible. I don't have any problem with the brightness of the leaves, however, I think the image would be enhanced if both the trunks and the leaves were similar in brightness. Very nice composition for sure.   Posted: 05/10/2020 13:11:49
Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Thanks, Al. Here I took the original and brightened only the trunks and the leaves instead of doing any temperature changes. Water here is as shot.   Posted: 05/10/2020 13:57:59
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Al Swanson   Al Swanson
Thanks. I took your image into Photoshop and using NIK software by applied some HDR techniques to brighten the trunks and the overall image. I then took it into studio for cleanup and sharpening. I also cropped out some of the distracting and messy ripples in the lower right-hand corner and came up with this. The sharpening may be just a little too much but I think you get the idea. I think this reflection gives a more lively perspective to the swamp seen. Don't know if you agree.   Posted: 05/10/2020 14:41:17
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Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Very nice...yes. Thanks.
Sharpening looks good to me.   Posted: 05/10/2020 16:06:54

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
I too love reflections, so I spent some time thinking of this image. I believe the tree trunks are the subject, so I would focus on lightening them up a little and adding a little contrast. I would darken the leaves so they create a frame around the trunks. The image has a painterly look to it, so I would play with one of your topaz filters or the oil filter in PS.   Posted: 05/12/2020 10:35:13

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Like this?   Posted: 05/12/2020 16:37:21
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Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
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I like this one the very best!   Posted: 05/20/2020 18:36:43
Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Thanks Jamie.   Posted: 05/20/2020 18:46:51

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Yes I like the look of this very much with the Topaz filter. I really thought your image was very well done as it was, but the painterly effect works extremely well here. Maybe just a little bit brighter overall.   Posted: 05/16/2020 16:16:31


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