This is one from Brookside Gardens. I almost didn’t publish it but I figured why not give it a while and see what I could do. The reason for this is the harsh light. It was shot at like 2 PM with the sun just blazing down. I gave it another try because I really liked the water reflection. I also normally don’t shoot kids in my photos because some parents get a little upset about that. I felt that the Mom and Son added to the image so I didn’t wait for them to leave the small walkway. Plus I figured I was shooting landscape and not people so it wasn’t like I was intentionally pointing the camera at anyone.
Since the light was so harsh I had to put in a ton of graduated filters to get the light to something less than retina searing. Once I had that I started doing a curves adjustment and then the dodge and burn process. Getting various bits tuned down or brightened up based on what I wanted. Then it was work on the reflection time. I put in a graduated filter with dehaze and clarity to bring out details. Then I loaded up Intensify Pro and found a filter I liked then masked that bit in on the water. Then Nik’s Color Efex for a bit more color adjustment. Once I got that turned in I called it done.