More Reflection on Reflection

Fully in my procrastination mode, I looked for other ways to create water reflections in photos. I watched a few instruction videos and THIS is the video that I found fairly straightforward and easy to follow. Meaning, it has no 3D layers, no rendering, and at least I understood the how and why of the steps involved.  

So, I went and got me another photo . . . 

That’s a shot of one of the model planes at the U.S. Air Force Academy

I’ve done a number of posts about the academy and played with the same models. 

Air Force Academy - Flying Fortress model, photographed laying down on the ground. Digitally removed supporting post.

I probably should have used that photo since it has clouds that make it more interesting. Oh, well; maybe next time.

General post about the Academy HERE. Same photos but in B&W HERE

You will notice something about the photos . . . them propellers ain’t spinning. Now, there are many photos of planes flying and the propellers frozen in time, but they always look better if the props are shown spinning. I tried adding spin to the propellers (HERE) of other model planes, but I’ve yet to find anything that looks realistic. 

By the way, all this talk of model planes had me fondly remember THIS post. It’s a fun and quick read; give it a go.

I have, however, done did other things with those model planes (HERE). There are more in the post, but here are a few examples (before and after):

At the time, those modifications took my mind off the problems with my leg following the Massive Leg Cramp Event of 2014.

Anyway, I didn’t want to mess with trying to spin the propellers. My plan is to eventually photograph an actual propeller and then work out my own way to duplicate the look. 

Back to the reflection . . . here’s what I came up with.

I should have planned to incorporate another photo showing some sort of landmass on the horizon, but since I’m just screwing around, this was good enough. I thought the reflection needed to be further back but then I thought the shallow angle would have it been closer, so that’s what I did.

Well, I couldn’t very well leave that as is, now could I?

Those are all generated using the Topaz Texture module. I tried different looks I thought appropriate for the photo.

Rather than add them all in the post, here’s the gallery:

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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11 Responses to More Reflection on Reflection

  1. oneowner says:

    Nice work!!!


  2. You ? Procrastinate?I don’t believe it!
    Pity with the aircraft, the propeller’s are not spinning, spoils the whole illusion


  3. Wow! What fun! You have taken cool and majestic aircraft photos…and made them even more exciting and mysterious! Some of these photos would be a good jumping off point for a short story!
    HUGS!!! :-)


  4. AnnMarie says:

    Wonderful reflections of those planes . . . makes them look even better!

    Liked by 1 person

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