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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?
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'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 :)

You can see this image and more at www.holoceneimage.com

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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