"Deception"  © Thomas Welborn
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(@ajpixs) Aaron J said:June 26th, 2015 (1:41pm) PDT
Wonderful reflection.
(@Leckie1463) Todd Leckie said:June 25th, 2015 (8:35pm) PDT
Beautiful shot
@thomaswelborn replied: Thanks very much Todd !!
(@RobDietz) Rob Dietz said:June 23rd, 2015 (3:29pm) PDT
Beautiful work!
@thomaswelborn replied: Many thanks Rob!!
(@pamelabole) Pamela Bole said:June 22nd, 2015 (11:02am) PDT
Wow... it just goes to show that a so called "mistake" can turn out to be a real beauty in disguise! Amazing explanation and work Thomas!!!
@thomaswelborn replied: Yes Pamela, this time it worked my friend. Greatly appreciate your kind words :)))
(@ferpat) Fernando Carazo said:June 21st, 2015 (9:53am) PDT
Beautiful photo !!
@thomaswelborn replied: Thank you Fernando !
(@Marthe) marthe said:June 21st, 2015 (6:35am) PDT
love it!
@thomaswelborn replied: Thanks Marthe!!!
(@ramonachiassongmailcom) Ramona Chiasson said:June 21st, 2015 (5:42am) PDT
so much work...I never saw the moon in this so you have succeeded very well
@thomaswelborn replied: There is no moon Ramona. I referred to the fact that many would see this as a shot of the moon at night rather than the reality of it being the sun. Guess it worked huh?

Thomas Welborn

'Sometimes what the eye sees is not what the eye sees'

I am setting up for a long exposure using my 6-stop ND filter. I want my exposure time to be just long enough to smooth the water without blurring the motion of the Sun. While I am calculating the needed time, I accidentally trip the shutter. In the bright sunlight, the image on the screen looks very dark. Rats! I set the correct time and make a few exposures.

When I began reviewing the images in Lightroom, I looked at the underexposed 'accidental' image and thought to myself, 'There might be something here . . ." I increased the exposure enough to examine the noise and found to my surprise that it would be easily corrected in software. I began in LR with sharpening, removed any dust specs with the Spot Removal Tool, and then removed any possible CA's in the lens profile. Next, I sent the image to Topaz 'DeNoise' to fix the minor noise issue, then back to LR. At this point, I set the exposure to create the look that I wanted. A grad filter in LR on the rocks to brighten them a bit brought the image in line. I then removed some flare 'ghosts' using the Spot Removal Tool again.

I am really pleased with the resulting image. Sometimes, the eye can be deceived, registering one thing in the brain based on visual cues. Most will instinctively see a night shot of the Moon reflecting on the water but in reality it is the Sun. This is a good example of how easy it is to deceive the viewer. Hope you like this one as much as I enjoyed creating this 'deception'.

The image was made at Great Plains State Park in southwestern Oklahoma with my most genial companions Linda Stokes and Jackie Estes :)

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Uploaded: Jun 20th, 2015 (7:49pm)
Category: Landscape
Camera: NIKON D700
Focal Length: 17 mm
Aperture: f/22
Shutter Speed: 1/10 sec
ISO: 100

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