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:
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:
- Open the photo in Photoshop. Create a new layer from the background.
- Select Edit > Perspective Warp.
- With Layer selected in the top left, draw a box around the entire photo.
- Select Warp in the top left. Drag the top-right-corner handle up to level out the landscape.
… and voila, the final version!
Now I feel compelled to fix all of those other reflection photos I’ve posted.