Sunrise Reflections #1
Starting a new series focusing on reflections. This shot in highly saturated color and also black and white with a red filter was taken at the Gallup Park on the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Michigan, this morning. Nikon D80, Nikkor 50mm, f/9, 1/10 second, ISO 100. By the way, the first shot looks like HDR, but it’s actually a single image. The sky came out great, but as you might expect the shadows were very heavy in the foreground. I reduced the shadows as much as possible, lowered the highlights a little. boosted the contrast, warmed the tones up slightly, and raised the saturation (didn’t take much to get a big effect). I did get a bit of a fuzzy halo around the tree reflected in the water, so I cropped the tree to remove that from the image. I actually prefer the symmetry of the original composition, but I didn’t like the fuzzy halo around the tree. The world is full of compromises, I suppose. On a related note, I ordered a graduated neutral density filter today.
For fun, I added the original composition below. And below that is the image how came it straight out of the camera. When I took this photo I originally intended it to provide the
sunset sunrise for an HDR image – I never expected to post it by itself. But after I started playing with it I realized there was actually a lot of data in the image, and was able to “salvage” something interesting. The black and white image above is literally just the highly saturated color one you see here converted to black and white with a red filter.