Slightly Warped

One of my favorite subjects, especially in the fall, is the reflection of trees in a calm lake. But unless you’re directly across from the trees (or other subject) you want to capture, your perspective may be slightly skewed – so that the resulting picture makes it look as if the water is going up or down – in other words, it looks like the lake isn’t level.

I had the opportunity yesterday to capture some lake reflections in the Adirondacks. Here’s the original picture, in which the trees were slightly lower on the right hand side:


Version 1
See how the lake seems to dip down on the right hand side?

I asked Carl about this during last week’s workshop. He suggested that I take a look at Perspective Warp in Photoshop. Most of the videos I found online about Perspective Warp had to do with fixing buildings; however, I think I’ve made it work for this problem, like so:

  1. Open the photo in Photoshop. Create a new layer from the background.
  2. Select Edit > Perspective Warp.
  3. With Layer selected in the top left, draw a box around the entire photo.

    Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 10.03.36 AM 

  4. Select Warp in the top left. Drag the top-right-corner handle up to level out the landscape.

    Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 10.04.51 AM

… and voila, the final version!


Autumn Reflections


Now I feel compelled to fix all of those other reflection photos I’ve posted.

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