|The elevated walkway through the marsh. Watch for snakes!|
Lighting was very flat that day but still bright enough to wear sunglasses. I had my ND filters with me and actually used them in this image to tint the color a bit. Between the filter and the white balance I was looking to pull the clouds out a bit from the overcast nature of the sky. I think it worked. From the above picture of the walkway you can see that there is a lot of tall growth right up to the walkway. I came upon this more open area that gave me some depth to the view. I seem to be attracted to water in my landscape art work. So naturally the opening in the Lilly pads attracted my eye into framing this.
Using my Olympus OMD EM-1 on a tripod I worked with the settings trying to bring out the clouds and focused on the water. Recomposing several times brought me to this view with the water centered in the middle. The whole day the lighting was doing nothing for the image. I did think I could work the light in post process
|Pokagon Marsh, shot with Olympus OMD EM-1 Original Shot|
I liked the composition and the clouds in this image. However I needed to bring out the light in the water. My goal was to have the eye wonder between the clouds and the water. Using Capture One for post processing for all the work, I first started by bring down the exposure. Once this is done I then begin to brush in the light using the local adjustments brush in Capture One. The brush layers function is very powerful in this application. Plus Capture One handles RAW files much better than Lightroom.
The other goal was to create a unique sky. So again using the adjustment brush and layers I worked with the hues of the sky to bring in a more "other world" look. This coming from a sky that had absolutely no detail. It was just a very gray and dull day. So I feel good what I ended up with in the sky.
|Final image after brushing in the light using Capture One|