Rowboat with Trolling Motor

Photo by Jaime Valentine
September 5, 2010

This is a photo Jaime took when she went fishing with her dad last month. I don’t usually do any “artsy” edits, but this one was so minimal that I decided to play with it. I may have overdone it a bit, but I like it. For point of reference, here is the original:

The first thing I did was straighten/rotate it and crop out all the land. If you don’t show people the land (or the reflections of the land), they assume that the lake goes on forever.. it’s a nice illusion. Then I highlighted the boat and trolling motor (the motor was tricky) and turned the saturation down until it was nearly black&white. I added all the color back into the boat myself with color filters. That’s why it looks fakey-fake.

From there, everything was just trial-and-error from within Lightroom. I ended up blurring it by turning the Clarity to about -40 (which isn’t really “blurring,” but anyway). I adjusted the tones of the water by moving the Hue of the cyans and blues to the right a little bit. At one point I had it looking like the blue-green waters off the coast of Jamaica, but I decided that was a bit over the top.

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  1. Steve

    Nice work, I like it!

  2. Evan

    too bad the lake doesn’t actually look like that, huh?

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