The Fake Lake, Part 2

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This photo was taken at Garden of the Gods after the big rains we had in September of 2013. What used to be a small reservoir filled with water and stayed a couple of weeks. By this time the water was very brown and didn’t smell very good.

This is a 3-exposure HDR image (+/-2EV) processed in Photomatix.

After blending and tone mapping in Photomatix I made basic adjustments and removed chromatic aberrations with the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop. I used the Spot Healing Brush to remove some artifacts. I then selected the lower half of the frame with the Quick Selection Brush and used a channel mixer adjustment layer to remove the brown tint created by the mud in the water. I also added a curves adjustment layer.

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