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Ghost Koi by Michael Moore

May 2022 - Ghost Koi

May 2022 - Michael Moore


May 2022 - Michael Moore

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About the Image(s)

I am fascinated with reflections and how they can impart an ethereal quality to our photos. The image is of Koi at the Winterthur Gardens estate. I am focusing on the water surface reflection rather than the fish. If the fish are just below the surface you get this ghosting effect. I have included an image where a fish is further from the surface to show how ghost-like the images you create can be. The photo was shot at 105mm at f6.3, 1/100 sec at ISO 400. I did my B&W conversion in PS using the ACR filter. I use the color mixer and play with the various slider values to achieve the look I’m trying for. A levels adjustment layer was added to darken the background and make the fish pop a little. A curves adjustment layer was added to provide needed contrast and to brighten the image overall.

7 comments posted

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Michael, Yes, it does look like Ghost Koi. I can see the face of the top fish but not the face of the other fish. I would like to see the face of both fish. Neat image. Beautiful detail in the water and the fish. Fine Art!   Posted: 05/10/2022 18:54:29
Michael Moore   Michael Moore
Thanks Linda. It can be tricky to catch the fish at just the right depth to get the detail I would like. This was a fun technique to play around with and I'm sure I will return to the site and try and improve on my initial efforts.   Posted: 05/15/2022 09:57:46

Witta Priester   Witta Priester
Great to get both the reflection and the fish in the photo. I love your idea here, and your result in B&W is well done. Like Linda, I would like to see more detail in the forward koi face, either next time you head back there, or perhaps take it from original 2?
  Posted: 05/13/2022 18:16:15
Michael Moore   Michael Moore
Thanks Witta. I will be working more on this technique in the future with an eye towards capturing a little more detail in the fish.   Posted: 05/15/2022 09:59:20

Denise McKay   Denise McKay
I really like this concept and composition Michael. I like how the Koi slightly overlap and separate into a "V" shape. The conversion to black and white enhances the ghostly effect of the image as well. I'm torn about whether I need to see more detail in the other fish face, as ghosts don't necessarily have a lot of detail, do they, LOL?

Overall, I really like what you've done with this image.   Posted: 05/15/2022 11:52:58
Michael Moore   Michael Moore
Thanks Denise. I agree that ghost koi need to …….well, be ghosty. I enjoy working with reflections and certainly will keep working here to find the right balance between detail and the ethereal.   Posted: 05/17/2022 00:39:49

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Very nice. The only suggestion is to minimize the background reflections - probably by finding a slightly different location. I found it difficult to see the fish. Perhaps DOF or a polarizing filter would help. You are lucky to be so near to Winterthur Gardens.   Posted: 05/18/2022 10:54:57


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