Water With Stuff Floating In It

This is the photograph I have been trying to take for years. To all my long-suffering friends who have had to stand around patiently while I interrupt whatever we’re doing, stare intently at water with stuff floating in it, and start snapping away, this is what I was actually trying to achieve.

And now that I’ve seen the promised land, I’m afraid I’ll just have to continue asking for your indulgence. If, one day, I take a photo like that one, it will all have been worth it, won’t it?


  1. ?!

    How and where on earth was that photo taken? Has it been digitally manipulated at all? If not, then, WOW!

    Likewise about asking for your indulgence. I’m sure you won’t easily forget the time we were in Munich and I dragged you all the way to the BMW building just so I could take photographs of it. I recall the photographs turning out magnificently. Although, they’re but a distant memory ever since Microsoft Windows XP obliterated them in some stupid Microsoft way.

  2. That does look digitally enhanced – but it had to have been pretty good to begin with!

    I still have numerous photos of Czech cows that I’ve been meaning to create a montage with. This has given me a bit of a nudge to get going…

  3. Too digitally manipulated for my taste, but check out romanlily’s photographs on flickr; she’s a class act….

  4. Glenn:How do you tell it’s digitally manipulated? (By this I assume you mean beyond the normal levels adjustment, unsharp mask etc. refinements that every digital photographer would do?)

    I ask because I’ve seen pictures before that haven’t been manipulated beyond the normal routine stuff, although they look so fabulous you would think very substantial tweaking had been done.

    Thanks for the tip on romanlily, will go look. :)

    Nat: Get going! A montage of cows sounds great!

    Russ: Ouch. Yes, that’s a painful memory, even when the loss was vicarious.

  5. Michelle: Effects like that shown in the photo can be created using a Photoshop distortion filter such as Ripple or Ocean Ripple, and I’m guessing that was the way the final image was produced. I don’t suppose Adobe have any plans to produce an Autumnal Pond Effect filter, but if you can rustle up a few deciduous trees and a grey sky on the streets of Singapore, and marry them to a copy of Photoshop Elements, you may attain a kind of photographic nirvana a lot sooner than you could ever have imagined!

  6. Glenn: I know of that filter, but what I was asking was – how do you know for sure that something has been digitally manipulated? Because I’ve taken many pictures which resembled that one quite a lot, but with no manipulation at all. What sets this one apart from mine is that, well, it’s good and mine aren’t!

  7. I’ve had a look through the photograph’s author, Catherine Jamieson’s, photos on her website and the vast majority of her photographs have been digitally enhanced in some way. So, that leads me to think that this one has been digitally maniupulated as well.

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