CMC route, Mt. Moran

Reflections in Leigh Lake.


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lcarreau - Aug 27, 2009 12:50 am - Voted 10/10

How did you get the water

to appear so blue in the

Did you add contrast and shade
in Photo Shop ???


marauders - Aug 27, 2009 12:31 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: How did you get the water

Sometimes I do up the contrast in Photoshop, but in this one I actually only cropped it. The water was this blue and deep in the real photo.

Two things contributed to the deep blue of the water:
1. I bracket all my photos with a camera preset that takes three photos every time I push the button. The camera takes a mid-exposure, high-exposure, and low-exposure. This one happened to be the low-exposure shot that kept the colors so dark.

2. I took the photo in the morning with the sun directly at my back. This allows the colors to have maximum depth. That's one of the reasons I was so pumped about the CMC route is that with the orientation of the mountain, I knew the sun would be a my back nearly the whole time. So the colors would be deep and rich, and the photos awesome.

3. One more third option I can mention is that using a circular polarizer really helps reduce the haze and reflection of the sky and water in photos. In this case I wasn't using one, but I usually do to get dark, rich sky colors.

Hope that helps!


lcarreau - Aug 27, 2009 2:16 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: How did you get the water

Interesting ...

Does a "circular polarizer" fit directly over
the lens of the digital camera?

(Can I order one for my Canon P&S ???)

Does your camera have a specific setting for
sunsets? I used it for taking a picture of a much shallower lake here in AZ, and it seemed to bring out the colors more.

I utilize "contrast" in Picasa to get rid of
the haze.

Thanks for the valuable information !!!


marauders - Aug 27, 2009 4:11 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: How did you get the water

I don't have a sunset setting, although I'm sure it would be handy. Concerning the circular polarizer, it's a lens filter that will fit on any DSLR lens. All you have to know is the lens diameter, which is usually printed on the side of the lens (i.e. 58mm, 77mm) The best ones are Hoya, but they are pricey ($170). Here's a link:

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