I was at the University of Idaho Harbor Center last Sunday. The blue of the water’s edge was absolutely breathtaking. I did not, however, have my DSLR. Only my phone. As such, I decided that I would take some shots anyway. I got this shot, among others, and, besides the low resolution, is almost photo-realistic.
I decided to play around with some filters and other effects so that I could produce something that looked like a painting. At first I was going for a van Gogh-esque style, but after some experimenting I found something that may just be as cool:
I do not remember what filter I used to create this effect; however, I do know that this filter is in the filters gallery, rather than the normal drop-down menu. Then I changed the levels of light in the shot, and what I got amazed, amazed me. The colors became extremely vivid, something that was completely unexpected.
However, this JPEG does not do it justice. I hate this. Nor does my laptop’s screen do it justice.
Obviously many of these were mistakes. The first few had a very, very high amount of exposure, which is actually an advantage in a few cases because one can change the levels and thus take away light. Not so is it if it is under exposed. On those few really bright shots I had the shutter speed at around 1/80.