How I got this Photo | Lensball Lake Windermere

I've had a lensball for a while but never really used it before. I didn't want to just take a photo with me holding it in front of the subject, it seems like everyone is taking a photo like that. 

I must admit I did take a photo like that when I first got it and it received a lot of likes on Instagram but I wanted to step away from that. 

Whilst in the Lake District I thought I'd pack the lensball even though it is quite weighty and this would be the perfect opportunity to try and capture a photo I'm happy with. 

When we walked to the top of one of the hills I tried a few shots but nothing really grabbed me and I was losing hope of getting 'that' photo. After a spot of lunch we had a walk around Lake Windermere and with blue skies and fluffy clouds, this was the chance, almost the final chance. 

I found the location but it meant walking slightly into the water and trying to balance the ball on a small rock and then kneeling in the water. This had better be worth it! 

I wanted to use my phone as I could take the photo with one hand whilst getting ready to grab the lensball with the other if it started to move. A quick press of the button and I had the photo. 

This is where the image started, it was then imported into Lightroom to make the adjustments. I knew what I wanted to do, it was to add colour and make it a whole lot more dramatic. I increased the vibrance, the clarity, shadows and blacks pumped right the way up and a few smaller tweaks on the whites and highlights. 

You can see the main changes here.  

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The edit might not be to everyones taste but I wanted drama and I think I've got that. This image was never going to be a portfolio piece but catch the eye on social media. 

The finished image can be found below. 

📷 PHOTO INFORMATION

CAMERA: GOOGLE PIXEL 2

LENS: N/A

ISO: 52

FOCAL LENGTH: 4.44MM

APERTURE: F/1.8

EXPOSURE TIME: 1/7800