Upside Down Arches

Upside Down Arches

The first time I published the arches reflected on the water tank at Tanque de la Unión Park in La Antigua Guatemala, there were many people who really liked the photo. There were even some Guatemalans who said the reflection was done in Photoshop. Now you can take the statement either way: you can feel proud to know that you’ve snapped a shot that people think you spent many hours in the digital lab of Photoshop or you can take it as a put down on your photo-taking ability. I am glad I am very competent in the Photoshop department, heck I could even argue that I excel in the skills of Photoshop since I started working in version 2 and I use the program in a daily basis.

However, I must admit, photos I publish in Antigua Guatemala Daily Photo are Photoshop-free. I do minor color-casting removal and I improve the contrast when needed in Apple iPhoto (my light photo library manager). I do not retouch the photos in Photoshop for two reasons: 1. I don’t have the time to do retouching (sometimes I barely have time to keep up with that blog as it is) 2. I cheat by taking many shots of the same subject at different angles and settings so I will have a better original to begin with (this is a time-honor procedure called bracketing).

So there you have it. Another water reflection at Tanque de La Unión. Other shots of the arches are: Palm Trees in Antigua and Public Washbasins at Tanque de la Unión.

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  • Well, I really like this photo, Photoshop or no Photoshop!

  • Jerry

    Great shot! A very interesting thing happened here when I was in Antigua. As we went by this site, a couple was here having wedding photos taken. I thought that was quite unusual.

  • Carol

    Beautiful photo! And I know exactly what you mean about comments, whether they are compliments or insults. I think the talent lies with the photographer, not with the equipment. I once had someone exclaim about a beautiful photo I had taken. She said, “what kind of camera do you use??” It so happens I had borrowed HER camera to take that shot. As I say, the talent lies with the person, not the equipment or computer program ……..

  • Even if it was photoshopped, that takes great skill as well!

    Beautiful photo either way!

  • Nice reflection shot! Interesting remarks about Photoshop. I can’t afford Photoshop, but do occasionally use other photo-enhancing tools to get a final photo that more closely resembles reality. For example sometimes the sky gets ‘blown-out’ so it’s nice to have the ability to tint it later.
    Great job with this one!

  • ale

    Man! great shot, I like the filter effect of the water reflection, boy, that’s really cool.

    In other note, Sophiandersen, there’s an alternative for people that can afford PS, you may want to take a look to Gimp, an open source software, free, that can reproduce with some limitations the capabilities of PS.
    good luck!

  • interesantes fotos. te felicito por tu blog.

  • I’m a great admirer of reflection shots and this is a beautiful one. –
    Additionally: I like the information you give to your photos. Thanks for that.

  • Well, I guess I was not very clear about my statement and clarification above. I do not use Photoshop for the photos in this site.

    Ramblingaround, thanks for the visit.

    actually my friend Daniel Chang, a professional photographer, uses these arches as backdrop for many of his wedding photos.

    Carol, I know of a person who visits this site often and he’s always asking what kind of camera I used. I have used three different cameras for this site: the first one was a Kodak Easyshare entry level (just point and shoot) without any controls except for the shutter, a HP m415 which is one level above the other and the Canon Powershot A620 which allows me much better control of the static photos I take with a tripod. I explain often to other people that you can even take great photos with a plastic camera, like the Holga, if you know what you want to say or transmit with your images.

    Susan, I am highly skilled in Photoshop, but I do not use this application for the photos of Antigua Guatemala DP. Here I am simply trying to document my ramblings around town.

    Sophie, everything is valid to achieve the final photo you have envision. By using photoshop or any other photo retouching application, you are simply continuing a long tradition which began in the the chemical labs.

    Ale, what filter? Didn’t you read the entry above. I do not use photoshop for the images here.

    Joan, gracias por tu visita y cumplido.

    April, thanks for your visit and feedback. Please come back often, daily if you can.

  • Meg

    Unreal. Like a painting. And I love your yellows.

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