The white balance setting is important. Quite simply, amber reduces blue, so in order to intensify the blue sky reflection, the white balance is best set to “daylight.” The length of time and intensity of the reflections can vary. When Sue and I shot there alone before a recent Smokies workshop, we only had 10 minutes of intense reflections before beginning to fade. On this day, with the workshop group, it went on for about 30 minutes! We were thrilled to deliver these conditions to our workshop clients!
We normally don’t shoot very much during workshops. But I couldn’t resist grabbing a couple of shots, however, immediately deferring to any client needs, and calling attention to what I was photographing.
During processing of the Pot Hole Reflection image, as I was selecting Nik’s Viveza, I unintentionally selected Silver Efex Pro. When the image opened in the processing box, it was pretty much a finished black and white image! Serendipity is a welcome element, and I continued to finish processing the black and white accidental interpretation. Obviously, it was meant to be!
Learn more...Pro photographer Tony Sweet teaches a number of online photography courses at BetterPhoto.com, including A Quick Start to Adding More 'Pop' to Your Images and Image Design: Revealing Your Personal Vision.
Also, Tony contributed a number of beautiful images to the how-to book, The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light, co-authored by Jim Miotke and Kerry Drager.
About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Tony Sweet
Today, Tony's work is published worldwide and is represented by The Getty Picture Agency.
Tony conducts his "Visual Artistry" photography and digital printing workshops from March through October throughout the continental United States and Canada. Tony's articles and photography are featured in Shutterbug and Rangefinder magazines, and as contributor to Nikonnet.com. He’s also a columnist for Nikon World Magazine.
He maintains an active speaking schedule on the subjects of nature and flower photography and marketing, addressing professional photography organizations, universities, seminars, and workshops.
Tony is on the instructor staff of BetterPhoto.com, and is a member of the Baltimore chapter of ASMP. And he has been named a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens and is a charter member or nikSoftwares TeamNik!
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