Water Reflections – Abstracts #49

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A while ago I was asked how I created some of my photos so I thought I would do this one as an example. This is the original photo

I have a setting in my Corel PaintShop Pro Ultimate software program called Smart Photo Fix which is my usual first go to for most of my photo manipulations as it is easy to use. The controls are sliders or you can increase or decrease the numbers with up and down arrows. The program has its own ideas of how the photo should look with a preset I guess. Sometimes I see what it does and it is what I want turning my not so good photo into something a bit better.

First is turn the focus down to zero
Next I change the saturation. On this one increase to almost full
I increased the black to about 75%
Decreased lightness to 25%
Contrast was set at around 15% so I left that
Decreasing the Highlights to about 20% bought out the yellow and deepened the other colours.
I didn’t really like the final as it was so rotating often brings about a change that is satisfying.

This is the final photo

23 thoughts on “Water Reflections – Abstracts #49

  1. It’s fun to muck about like this, when you have time, Brian. Thanks for the process. I think my favourite is probably the middle one, which is the most natural, isn’t it, but I do like them all.

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    1. I guess any software program has much the same controls. Glad to give my “secrets” away. Hope to see an abstract photo in the future Shelley πŸ™‚

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