I just started Photo Editing (Noob). Can anyone help me get photo effect like link1 from image "link2". Any help would be greatly appreciated.

LINK 1 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=313036452134584&set=a.282130765225153.55408.207325742705656&type=1&theater

LINK 2 http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f2/Ulsoor_Lake_Snapshot.JPG

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    \$\begingroup\$ Posting links to photos hosted on Facebook that require a login is more or less useless... \$\endgroup\$ Dec 22, 2012 at 12:35
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    \$\begingroup\$ Can you please edit the question (and title) to describe in words the effect you want to get? What you see in the example photo may be different from what I see. Keep in mind, too, that a lot of this isn't photo editing magic, but things you have to do differently when taking the photo in the first place. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Dec 22, 2012 at 12:54

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NOTE: I'm not the best at landscapes but I suspect that the first image was taken using a long exposure and at a different time of day than yours. I would say that much of the first image was achieved in camera with minimal post-production.

I didn't think you could achieve the colours in the first link as too much editing would damage the data. It's difficult editing an image in JPEG format but this is what I did in Lightroom 4:

  1. Rotated the image so the shoreline was level.

  2. Cropped the image (2x3/4x6 ratio constraint). I would have liked the shoreline to be in the foreground and have two-thirds of sky but there wasn't enough room for that. I prefer the feeling of vastness of the water so would use that one instead of putting the shoreline in the middle (I'ved included both so you can see the difference).

  3. Tonal Curve : Basic S-shape

  4. Basic Highlights and Shadows: the clouds needed some shadows to define them.

  5. Split tone: green-ish highlight at about 30 saturation and purple shadow at about 30 saturation.

  6. Added a graduated filter in the sky to give more shadow in the clouds.

  7. Vibrance, Clarity and other minor tweaks to highlights along the shoreline.

I can't post images directly on here but have linked my interpretation of the image here: http://imageshack.us/f/585/20121222001.jpg/

Hope it helps :)

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for the Quick Reply. I'm following your instructions and trying to recreate the effect. Thanks a lot. That was really helpful. \$\endgroup\$ Dec 22, 2012 at 14:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ @candinski: are you sure? The first one looks like a HDR image to me. \$\endgroup\$ Dec 23, 2012 at 18:08

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