Punting On Glass

I don't use Photoshop very often, if at all. I do have it installed on my Mac and I do pay a monthly cost to use it. To be honest it came more as a "bundled extra"  to Lightroom - my normal go-to program for manipulating and handling my images than as a standalone purchase. Photoshop was that extra level that don't normally need. I know fellow photographers who almost see it as challenge to see just how much they can chop and change and alter an image until its almost unrecognisable from the original. This doesn't really interest me - sure I like to play with filters and colours but that's pretty much it. I don't like taking an image and removing elements of it or overlaying a different background  - for me that isn't photography but more digital artistry. Photography should be about capturing a moment  in time. Something that will never be repeated. 

This weeks image however is a slight exception. I took this while standing on the bridge in the city centre over looking the millpond (see http://www.cambridgebyphoto.com/blog/bridgeview for another view from the same bridge). As I pointed the camera down towards the water a lone punt appeared from under the stonework. It seemed to hang in the water for several seconds,  allowing me to get a handful of images. 

When I loaded the image into Lightroom I really liked the punt but decided that the various pieces of debris in the water and the general reflection on the surface somewhat distracted from the punt. I decided to dabble in the wonders of Photoshop to make some changes. Using several of its many healing tools (and some help from Google!) I managed to carefully remove the whole top layer of the river - leaving a glass like effect to the background. I now acknowledge it would have been easier to simply replace the background with a single base colour!

Taken with a Canon70D with a Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM / F6.3 / Iso 200