Inverting an image sometimes does more than simply turn an image on its head. Sometimes it introduces a touch of surrealism into the image. And I personally think that is true of this one – but you may think differently of course.
This was taken 10 days ago on one of our many walks in Stowe Gardens. Neither of us was feeling particularly bright that day – we had had a worrying and rather exhausting week or two. We finally got out of the house for some fresh air and a change of scene.
My wife had turned back after a shortish walk but I wanted to reach the Palladian Bridge at the end of one of the Lakes. I wasn’t really in the mood for photography and nothing had caught my attention: the landscape felt uninspiring and jaded as it often is in late summer, and my eye just wasn’t seeing. We all have days like that, don’t we?
The views from the bridge were not that special either. But the water lily leaves (no flowers) created a possible image or two with the sky reflected in the water. I shot them half-heartedly and with no real sense of purpose.
They sat on the camera when I got home until I finally loaded them last weekend. And then, in a better frame of mind, I started to see the possibilities. I flipped the image vertically first and saw what I had in mind. Unfortunately the water was peppered with air bubbles and little bits of dying weed, and so it took over half an hour just to tidy up the image and remove distracting detail. Then the image took a familiar journey through Topaz plug-ins. Firstly a subtle tweak in Clean to smooth out the water, then Adjust and finally Detail. Worth the work? I like to think so. It’s always good to read your comments, so do let me know your thoughts.