'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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