Processing photos, and the motivation to do so, can be a little odd at times. I got home from work late on Monday night and knew I had to process something for the next day, and so forced myself to have dinner and then sit down and get started. It’s often the case that the image I work on when I’m not very motivated takes some time and goes in twelve different directions before deciding what to actually do with it.

On this particular evening I spent 30 minutes on an image which I ended up not liking and so dismissed, and then I turned my attention to this one. Again, I didn’t really like it when it was ‘done’ so I went and grabbed a beer and watched a TV show before returning. Rather than dismissing it I went the other way and replaced the sky with an odd rendered cloud which was later blurred, and then I added a little more motion (and I guess by that I mean stillness) to the water.

All in all I seem to have something that I’m happy with, but which doesn’t quite look real.

I then went on to create several more images that night which I just whizzed through and was pretty satisfied with.

I’ve included the original image below for interest.

Original ethereal

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 3.2s