Live Oak Reflections

The best time for capturing a mirror reflection is First Light. In the early morning light just as the sun is coming up, everything is still. It is as if Mother Nature is holding her breath and allowing you to see mirror images of her handy work in the lakes and ponds. This is my favorite times to capture images when earth is still and most of the world is still sleeping.

Live Oak Reflections

Live Oak Reflections

In Camera Raw 6.6 I adjusted the White Balance to Auto and shifted the exposure slider to + 0.15. I also adjusted the Recovery slider to +11

Camera Raw 6.6

Camera Raw 6.6

This is the image opened directly into Photoshop directly out of Camera Raw 6.6. This is a great image without any processing but a few adjustments in Color Efex Pro 3.0 will make this image pop.

Image opened directly out of Camera Raw

Image opened directly out of Camera Raw

In Color Efex Pro 3.0 I used Film Effects and the film I selected was Kodak Portra 160VC. When shooting film this was always one of my favorites.

Film-Effects

Film-Effects

To bring out the Shadows and bring down the Highlights I used Tonal Contrast in Color Efex Pro 3.0

Tonal Contrast

Tonal Contrast

The last tool I used in Color Efex Pro 3.0 is Remove Color Cast. This tool will adjust the color and often gives it the warming effect I want in images.

Remove Color Cast

Remove Color Cast

With just a few quick adjustments in Color Efex Pro 3.0 this image Live Oak reflection was turned into a finished image.

Live Oak Reflections

Live Oak Reflections

About europeanimages

Light is both the photographer's palette and brush. Harnessing available light is a skill learned through the study of technical theory and then applying it in the field. My goal as a photographer is to search out the images that interest me artistically, then once I have found the essence of that place I use composition and light to enhance the images. View all posts by europeanimages

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