Lance Lewin  


Mirrored Lake Visualization by Lance Lewin

March 2020 - Mirrored Lake Visualization

About the Image(s)

Recently captured at Rainbow River State Park in Florida, this spring image was cropped through the viewfinder. Digital capture with a Fast Canon 50mm F/1.4 lens.

BW conversion includes passing it through a Green filter. Custom Copper-Silver toning. In addition, I added a slight vignetting that barely touches the edges. A rare event for me, nonetheless, a subtle touch that hardly alters the the whole.


5 comments posted

Mike Washington   Mike Washington
Lance, without looking at the title of your image, I was looking at it through a different lens and perspective, which included issues with murky tonal values and the offset branch frame surrounding no subject. When I discovered the title, I flipped the image and had the ah-ha moment. I often engage in this type of reflective shooting and should have picked up on it immediately. This would have been a prime candidate for infrared photography to accentuate the tonal values. I do belive this image could benefit with a little more adjustment in clarity and/or micro contrast to separate some of the simular values. I also belive this image works well in both orientations.

  Posted: 03/21/2020 07:49:52

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hi Mike. We are led to believe (in the past several years and part of a new digital culture, in my opinion) a "subject" or Main Character needs to be in a composition, but this is simply not true: the image "itself" can sometimes be the subject - this is especially true with Landscape and some Nature photography.

Yes, I agree the BW version is hard in separating the different plants as compared to the color original: the photo has already gone through a lot of Dodge and Burning and color alterations in helping to bring out detail, especially in the (reflective) section. However, adding more detail changes the entire aesthetic from a Soft one to a vividly and confusing one, which was not the experience in Real-time at time of capture, last week.

Appreciate your feedback and will go back and see if I will reconsider adding more detail, either via adding contrast of through adjusting color values again. :)   Posted: 03/21/2020 08:20:27

Mike Washington   Mike Washington
Lance, without looking at the title of your image, I was looking at it through a different lens and perspective, which included issues with murky tonal values and the offset branch frame surrounding no subject. When I discovered the title, I flipped the image and had the ah-ha moment. I often engage in this type of reflective shooting and should have picked up on it immediately. This would have been a prime candidate for infrared photography to accentuate the tonal values. I do belive this image could benefit with a little more adjustment in clarity and/or micro contrast to separate some of the simular values. I also belive this image works well in both orientations.

  Posted: 03/21/2020 09:10:01

Mike Washington   Mike Washington
Lance, I agree with the premise that the image itself is the subject. My observation was from the point of view of hoping to find a hidden easter egg in the frame of what first appeared to be a portal in the woods, not yet realizing the reality of an inverted reflection, My mind takes me to strange places, at times. I took the liberty of a screen capture of your image to play with it in PS. by laying a levels adjustment layer on top and choking the black & white points, inverting the layer and bushing with white, targeted areas like the blossoms and areas that could benefit with a little contrast pop. I also added a curves layer, targeting highlight contrast in the reflected area then used a gradient mask to mask out the non reflected area. When completed, I think I may prefer the natural upright orientation. I beg your pardon for this reinterpretation or your vision, but while sheltering in place I am finding more time to futz around.   Posted: 03/21/2020 15:14:37
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Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
No...I like this a lot, too. A brighter version. I did the same last evening. Most important to me is keeping the reflected Spots in the top portion of the frame incidental.

Anyway, I removed the Vignetting and Dodged more areas of importance. I agree, a good candidate for Infrared, indeed!   Posted: 03/22/2020 06:34:00
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