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By HelenHiggs
You will probably have noticed the unwanted 'watermarks' on this picture.

I was gutted when I got it onto the big screen and saw the lens had a couple of raindrops on it.

I have access to both Photoshop and Lightroom but not a lot of experience in either.

Does anyone know if it's possible to digitally edit these spots and if so, how I should go about it?

Also, I'm aware I'm not really sticking to the rule of thirds but I think it is OK in this case, what do others think?

Thanks for looking

Tags: France General Water Reflection Lake Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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Oh yes, and I didn't do a good job of loading it. It looks sharper in Lightroom. So much stuff to remember ...


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Paree 13 616 3
8 Aug 2010 5:31PM
you could try using the clone tool,
or the smudge tool very gently

the rule of thirds usually works,
but some time it looks great, and works well if not

rules are made to be broken!
aren't they,

better to be original and individual

woo now i will get slated by the professionals



itsa lovely image cool and calm
Paree 13 616 3
8 Aug 2010 5:40PM
made you a mod using the clone tool
User_Removed 15 455 13 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2010 5:41PM
The spots you have look like lens flare rather than water on the lens - although I assume water on the lens could cause flare.

It's caused by shooting towards the bright light. A lens hood can help, but often it's unavoidable in those circumstances.

As Paree says, careful cloning could work.

You have a lovely scene and have capture it well - the still water, reflection and symmetry all work.

If you want to try something different try cropping to give a more abstract impression of the patterns.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
8 Aug 2010 7:12PM
Are they the marks Ive noted with arrows in my mod?

If so, Brett is right, these are evidence of lens flare. Its caused by direct sunlight entering the lens. If you used the lens hood, and you still had this happen, then you had the camera pointed too far to the left. You option are to wait until the sun moves, or provide addition shade using your hand etc out of view of the lens.

Cloning is one way to fix. You could also copy similar small sections that done have the issue, and paste them over the problem areas, using feathering when making the election with the lasso tool. Parees mod looks good, - no sign of the issue.

Your image will look softer on EPZ unless you sharpen after you re size. The best way to re size is to first convert the pixels per inch to 72; then check the dimensions and change as needed, then save for web, or save as, adjusting for file size, making sure your using the sRGB colour space. Then check the image and sharpen as needed.

Hope this helps,


User_Removed 15 455 13 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2010 7:16PM
miptog has been bolder in the cropping - the mono mod from miptog is my favourite.
Thanks everyone for your feedback. I like both Miptogs offerings. I think I'm just too nervous of tweaking things, which is silly when I still have the original.

As to the cause, I'm pretty sure it was rain, because it was having a slight shower, but I didn't have a lens hood (which would probably have taken care of both problems).

Really appreciate all the feedback. Thanks again
8 Aug 2010 8:01PM
Great Photo
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2010 11:01PM

Quote:Thanks everyone for your feedback. I like both Miptogs offerings. I think I'm just too nervous of tweaking things, which is silly when I still have the original.

before you start tweaking just make a copy and save it as version 2 or similar and then you will always have the original to work from and wont have lost original data. never alter the original, on a jpeg, when you save after mods the original data has gone and the stored information that much less so quality deteriates with ever time its opened and saved.

Willie has said it all really, the refracted tear drops are caused by flare entering through the lens elements from shooting with the sun in frame or close to it. you can see that its just off top frame and 1/4 of the way across from the left. even a lens hood would have had difficulty holding it out. sometimes it can be held out by an outstretched hand in the right place.

the trees being very similar give loads of options to select areas from adjacent trees to clone over the flare and that with a little trial and error would be quite convincing.

its not usual to divide a picure on the centre as you have here but i rather like the image and its simple structure, id be tempted to take a little strip off the sky though to get rid of the bright area and the distracting branch top right.

other wise a nice scene exposed well and i think it would look nice as a print
9 Aug 2010 6:59PM
Super image, bet it will look good mono.
Oh, just noticed the does!

Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
1 Oct 2010 2:38PM
I'm always one for breaking the rule of thirds when it suits, and this is a prime example IMO of when it suits exactly. You're capturing a perfect symmetry in nature, and the way to show and emphasise that is to have perfect symmetry in the finished pic, so it works nicely for me

(esxceopt as others have said, a sliver of a crop to lose the wee branch top right, which dist5racts the eye)

DilysT 7 2 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2013 9:39PM
Lovely shot - great reflections

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