Wavery forest reflection with flickering sunlight in a pool in the Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver, Canada

Different Versions of Watery Reflections

Lately I have been playing around with some watery reflection images.

Wavery forest reflection in a dark pool in the Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver, Canada. broken forest reflection in dark pools in the Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver, CanadaFor this challenge I decided to apply the Sumi-e brush stroke filter in Photoshop which I have had a lot of fun with in the past. The filter turns this image into a Japanese painting. Using the Sumi-e brush stroke filter in Photoshop to turn this wavery forest reflection in a dark pool in the Pacific Spirit Park into a Japanese paintingSame pool, on the other side with sunlight flickering in and out.
broken forest reflection in dark pools in the Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver, CanadaNot so Japanese-looking but I like it. Using the Sumi-e brush stroke filter in Photoshop to turn this wavery forest reflection in a dark pool in the Pacific Spirit Park into a Japanese paintingCasual Japanese-style landscaping at a duck pond in Charleston Park during Vancouver COVID winter.
Casual Japanese-style landscaping at a duck pond in Charleston Park, VancouverThe Japanese landscaping heightens the effect of the brushstroke filter.Using the Sumi-e brush stroke filter in Photoshop to turn this duck pond into a Japanese paintingA golden Koi fish in a pond reflecting the leafy branches of overhead trees in the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden in Mexico.a golden Koi fish in a pond reflecting the leafy branches of overhead trees in the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden in MexicoThe koi in Sumi-e didn’t come across quite as well as the others.a golden Koi fish in a pond reflecting the leafy branches of overhead trees in the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden in Mexico using the Sumi-e brushstroke filter in PhotoshopWhen I went to my iPad to try a few photo apps I was surprised to find that Stackables (which I paid a small amount for) is no longer being supported, and Sketch Guru, which was free, now wants to charge a subscription price of $17.49/ year – not worth it, primarily since it only exports tiny files. Many other apps that I have used now seem to have ‘premium’ filters which you have to subscribe to get. At any rate, this is the Koi in DistressedFX, one app that still works. a golden Koi fish in a pond reflecting the leafy branches of overhead trees in the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden in Mexico using the app DistressedFXFor some reason, these pool reflections in Zion National Park in Utah, USA didn’t work in Sumi-e either. Pool reflections in Zion National Park in Utah, USAI had in mind using the glitch app Groovo to make the ripples in this pool really ripple, but neither WordPress or Flickr would let me upload the small video, so I edited it in the photo app Snapseed instead…Pool reflections in Zion National Park in Utah, USA edited in the photo app SnapseedHmmm, spoke too soon, the mini-video was uploaded to Flickr – it just wasn’t where I expected it and it doesn’t ripple except in Flickr. Using the glitch app Groove to make the ripples in this pool really rippleMore of the Lens Artists Challenge: One Photo, Two Ways

9 thoughts on “Different Versions of Watery Reflections

    1. I am in the process of switching away from Adobe products, but there are some things, like the Sumi-e brush stroke, that I’m really going to miss. Playing around is a lot of fun, and as Tina noted, there are always new apps to try…

    1. I never thought of reflections this way but it’s true – they are the reverse of ‘reality’. Often the water adds another personality all of its own so it really is seeing the reflection from the other side.

  1. Very interesting Elizabeth. I often notice some of the apps disappearing or changing their pricing scheme. I guess they offer them free to build a user base and then charge for them later. In any case there are always new ones to try. One of our followers mentioned Paintcan which I found really fun. Anyway, I enjoyed the way you showed so many different impressions of your scenes, especially the koi.

    1. The koi was in a pool in the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden – I took so many photos of that pool… I will have to try Paintcan since I have just lost two of my favourite apps – thanks for the recommendation!

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