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Old 12-11-2005, 08:50 AM
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What Color is Water? Color correction fun

Here's a project for the fun of it.

Do you think the water in this photo is drab and not very exciting for such an action shot? Should it be more green? More Blue? See if you can make this photo "pop"
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Old 12-11-2005, 09:36 AM
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Good subject Swampy (not the skier, though he is "cute")

Actually I think the water is colourless and only reflects the atmosphere colours, sky, clouds etc.

I think this photo was taken on a cloudy or stormy day, I downloaded it to see what I can come up with to make it "pop" as you suggest

Thanks for giving me something to puzzle about -
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Old 12-11-2005, 09:41 AM
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Marthig...

Yeah, he is kinda hunky. Something for the ladies perhaps? :-) I was kinda tired of kids, kitties and glamor shots anyway. LOL

But, you are right, the water's color reflects the ambient lighting. Feel free to change that too.
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Old 12-11-2005, 09:58 AM
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Swampy, for me, it would depend on whether I wanted photo realistic or painterly. If I were making it look like a painting, I would crank up the colors, probably towards cyan. Neat image. I'll play with it a little later.
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Old 12-11-2005, 10:16 AM
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Rainday...

I am using this photo in a magazine so photo image is how I did it, but if you want to paint it, go for it.
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Colorizing the Water

Well I put some blue and green in the water. Its different, but I don't think its better.
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Old 12-11-2005, 11:10 AM
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Technically, pure water is blue. Very very very very slightly blue, not colourless as you're taught at school. One of the many lies they tell you In terms of naturally occuring bodies of water the colour can tell you about the organisms living in the water. Chlorophyl from phytoplankton absorbs blue and red light causing the water to look more green than blue.
But thats beside the point

I thought I'd go for a 'mediteranian water sports holiday brochure' look.
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Old 12-11-2005, 11:14 AM
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Color of Water

I used a technique to bring out the trace colors yhat are already in the water. In doing so it also boosted slightly the saturation of the klife jacket and ski. I think this adds natural colors. I had to compress down to level 3 to get the image to fit into 100KB so the effect may not look as good in this thumbnail. However I can email the larger size to you if you like.
Best Rgds, MM
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Old 12-11-2005, 11:17 AM
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I used a technique to bring out the trace colors yhat are already in the water. In doing so it also boosted slightly the saturation of the klife jacket and ski. I think this adds natural colors. I had to compress down to level 3 to get the image to fit into 100KB so the effect may not look as good in this thumbnail. However I can email the larger size to you if you like.
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ew.... I would not want to go swimming in that I think I'd take my fantasy of clear blue skies and deep blue water over the reality any day
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Old 12-11-2005, 11:23 AM
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Color of Water

Nancy, yes, on second thought my reality is probably not what we want to see here. I like your shade of blue. Best Rgds, Murray
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