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Last Wednesday we went fishing, yes, same old story, caught nothing, but we did get three bites, which was fantastic. The weather was terrible, it blew 25-30 knots all day from the north east, and the seas were as rough as. By the end of the day I felt like I’d done 15 rounds with Mike Tyson I was so stiff and sore from the pounding we’d had. The following day I went down to the boat to finish the clean up, too tired at the end of Wednesday. Walking back to the car I noticed the water inside the marina had calmed off to a mirror smooth, the sun was quite low and the orange glow from the setting sun was reflecting the clouds in the water.
The shot looks like there has been quite a bit of post done but, in truth there isn’t much. What I did was, dropped the overall levels to bring out the foreground reflections, and then I masked off the sky using the magnetic lasso tool, made a separate layer of the sky then dropped the levels on that again to get more detail. Then I used the burn tool set at 30% opacity on the midrange tones with a brush large enough to cover the boats and ran it across them twice to lift the levels on the boats only. Once I’d resized I used a tip from Gerrit and only used the “sharpen” tool, not the unsharp mask. I think this is better.
What I liked was the way the water was acting almost like an ND filter to give more definition and saturation to the clouds as they were being reflected in the water.
Crazy eh!!!

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