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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

A very popular place to take a picture in Chicago’s Millennium Park is at the Cloud Gate sculpture, frequently referred to as “The Bean”.  The surface allows for a lot of fun reflections of people and the surrounding area.  The challenge with taking a photo in a popular tourist destination is that everyone has seen it, so what are you bringing to the conversation that is new? I took a bunch of photos, including some that are just snapshots of the family to serve as reminders of our stay.  But I wanted to try something a bit different and abstract too.  This past week in my Photoshop class we covered the oil paint filter and I thought that might be a fun one to try.  Here is my edited version:

ISO 100 50mm f/7.1 1/8

ISO 100 50mm f/7.1 1/8

When I was first looking at my original image, I wanted to clean it up a bit.  Since it is an outdoor sculpture, it has a lot of stray marks and dirt on it.  I used the clone stamp tool to tidy it up a bit.  Then I went to Filter-Oil Paint.  Here is a screen capture of the settings I used:

The screen shot within the Oil paint filter

The screen shot within the Oil paint filter

After I did that, I sharpened it a bit using the High Pass filter.  To do that first flatten your image, then make a duplicate layer.  Then Filter-Other-High Pass. I set it to 4 pixels then changed the blending mode of the layer to soft light.  Then I ran the Oil Paint Filter again, using the same settings to intensify the look.  I decided I liked the effect of running it twice.

Here is the original image:

ISO 100 50mm f/7.1 1/8

ISO 100 50mm f/7.1 1/8

So, my final image is a bit abstract, but do you like it? Questions about my process? feel free to leave them below.  This look isn’t hard to create, and has a lot of creative applications in my opinion.  Been to see “The Bean” in Chicago and wrote a post about it? Used the Oil Paint filter and wrote a post about it?  Feel free to leave a comment with a link to what you have done.



31 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

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    • I actually almost forgot to included it. It was in my media reader, but I wrote the post over two days, so when I came back to it, I didn’t have it in the first draft. I’m glad I remembered to put it in as well, in a case like this I think it is helpful to look where I started once I have finished.


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  4. Beautiful reflection that gives us a glimpse of the many amazing fun things in Chicago. We went there once. My son was about 4. Ht was exciting with lots of happy memories. Perhaps one day, I will take him there again and have a “bean” father and son reflection! Thanks.


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