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What Color is Water? Color correction fun

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Old 12-12-2005, 10:24 AM
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Don't know what colour water is, as it is so often a reflection of its surroundings.

But liked the pic, so had a play with it.

Extracted skier from BG.
Inserted colour blend layer with radial gradient blue-green/blue. Blurred further using Gauss Blur, set opacity to about 25%.

Applied levels to BG to spark it up a touch.
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Old 12-12-2005, 10:32 AM
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Very nice, Gary. The opacity setting and radial gradient really helps keep the photo from looking like it has a color cast.
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Old 12-12-2005, 11:01 AM
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Using a gradient map adjustment layer

In the picture I posted, I used a gradient map adjustment layer after selecting and moving the skier to a higher layer. I used about four colors with white for the brightest, green for the mid tones and blue for the darker colors. The result was so so but I feel the technique is ideal for this sort of a situation.
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Old 12-12-2005, 11:35 AM
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Phil, I find your water color in the top of the rooster tail distracting to my eye. Since the water is less dense as it sprays out from the base of the wave, there should be less color at the top. Just my opinion.
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Old 12-12-2005, 11:39 AM
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with mine I tweaked and tweaked the color then I duplcated the image and changed mode to screen to highlight the water plume, used a gradient and some hand masking to remove any color from the that area as well.
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Old 12-12-2005, 11:59 AM
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Rooster Tail color

Swampy your right. I din't spend much time worrying about the end result in this doodle section. The background around the plume was dark so the gradient mask tended to add more color to it and the result was not natural.

I just used the photo to run a gradient mask since I don't use it often. Edgework uses them to colorize skin and I thought I would give it a shot in this photo.
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Old 12-12-2005, 05:26 PM
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Thanks Swampy, glad you liked it.

Didn't have too much time, so kept it simple, but I was quite pleased with the effect. The added Gaussian Blur on the gradient layer softened things a little as well as the reduced opacity, it's a trick I often use when colouring things. Doesn't always work, but looks reasonably natural when it does.
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Old 12-12-2005, 11:11 PM
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nancyj,

never heard that before, that water is actually a tiny bit blue.

thought i'd give this one a shot also.

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Old 12-13-2005, 02:52 AM
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...thought i'd give this one a shot also.

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I can see now why he's making that sharp turn!
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Old 12-13-2005, 07:28 AM
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LOL Craig!!

Love it. A Gator would be appropriate around here, but I don't think my customer , the Chamber of Commerce, would appreciate it.

Still laughing...
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