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Old 04-08-2010, 05:24 PM
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Re: why isn't water really blue…

Mats16, yup, thanks, esp for the water nr the horizon grad masked to blend with the other bits. think I've used all the tricks in the book now.
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:43 AM
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Re: why isn't water really blue…

HAha, I thought you were asking why the water isn't really blue, because it's true. The color of water reflects the color of the atmosphere, which also isn't really blue. The atmosphere reflects just a part of the sunlight spectra and, as far as the earth is moving, the atmosphere starts to reflect other parts of the light spectra coming from sun and that's why the color temperature is different each hour. A bit of extra info for you
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:59 AM
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Re: why isn't water really blue…

Some time ago I opened a thread to discuss the color of water. You can find it here.

http://retouchpro.com/forums/doodles...ction-fun.html

There were some excellent hints and tips within the thread.
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Old 04-09-2010, 03:09 PM
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Re: why isn't water really blue…

Thanks Swampy. Amazing to see that RP has been sharing knowledge for years and years!
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:57 PM
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Re: why isn't water really blue…

I would suggest that the three elements of your file (sky, water, model) should be differentiated from each other.

The sandy surf does seem to be a bit bland but trying to turn it a sky blue type of color would tend to homogenize your photo. I suggest a green with a blue undertone that would separate the sky from the ocean at the horizon.

I would then attempt to emphasize the model, I made his skin tones swarthier and tried to also emphasize some of the tailoring details in his outfit (lapels, buttons etc.etc). I changed his suit color to a dark green because it seemed to complement the darker skin color I gave him and tied him in with his watery surroundings.

Boy the conditions seem to be cold and raw, I certainly wouldn't begrudge the model his fee for this shoot !!
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:49 PM
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Re: why isn't water really blue…

I would take a sample of a nice water color & apply with curves.
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:54 PM
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Re: why isn't water really blue…

Yup, a whole day filming (it is a short film) in and out of the water apparently. but it is summer here in NZ so life wasn't that bad.
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Old 04-10-2010, 09:04 AM
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Re: why isn't water really blue…

why isn't water really blue…

...because its color is a reflection of the color of the sky. When it's overcast there obviously isn't any color to reflect. If the sky were red, the water would be pink. Etc.

I'm a fan of subtle retouching. I don't like 'over-the-top'. So this is my approach: select water, adjust color balance, select sky, increase saturation.

Whyisntwater.jpg (before & after)
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Old 04-10-2010, 03:13 PM
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Mr.Smith had to mention over the top

and since the original poster wasn't happy with the original colors, I figured, why not make some up and let the photo look more like an illustration.
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