The swampy pools and ponds always have the most sensational reflections. A contradiction is they photograph rather poorly. Busy, cluttered, crowded, all describe the landscape and how it is presented in an image.
These were all taken with a long lens as I passed by. Each was then developed/processed in Lightroom using split toning, and a few other methods to ‘dress them up’. The only rule I kept was the photograph had to maintain the original subject matter and elements. I don’t add or remove subjects in Photoshop so that was not done here (really bad it anyway).
The reflection was so strong here I darkened the exposure on the water. It was too hard to tell up from down! The color vibrancy was also turned down. Obviously tones and shades of blue were pushed way up.
I really wanted to work with this image since I see this type of reflection often. I’m not sure this works. Spanish moss can catch sun glare in strange ways, it’s all curly and wind blown! The images highlights were pulled down and right bottom was burned darker to kill some reflection. It is way over powering in real life.
Here I felt the banks of the pond were important to any reflections. Cypress and Tupelo trees have ‘knees’ or uncovered roots that grow straight up out of the ground (click the image and view the pyramid looking growths). The knees helped define the banks of the pond so again the water was burned slightly darker. Split toning was applied to the entire image to change the shading colors.
Each photograph is processed/developed a little different but I hope the general swamp look and reflections were kept enough to make interesting images.
If not, it’s still good to practice in a new direction.