A few days ago I was playing around with my 100-400mm lens. I was too lazy to go and get my tripod, so the photos I took are certainly not as crisp and clear as they should be…that will teach me not to be lazy. I do have a slight excuse, there was a pair of Burchell’s Coucal sitting on the edge of the dam/pond in front of my house and I was worried that they would fly away before I could get a picture. So…I snapped away with my arms wavering under the weight of my lens.
Saying that brings to mind my father telling me not to be in a rush to take a photo…how right he was!!
Anyway, as well as the birds, the buildings across the fairway were casting a reflection of the setting sun onto the water. I thought it might be an appropriate photo for Mandarin Orange Monday.
I did some basic edits in Lightroom, then opened the picture up in Photoshop, where I modified the Curves and adjusted the Vibrance a little. After flattening the image, I copied the layer, changed the blend layer to Overlay and then added a High Pass filter of 1.5px to sharpen the image.
In a few months time I will probably cringe at having the audacity to put this photo “out there”, but here it is for the moment 🙂