I wish this shot just came to be right away. It would have been great to just pick the camera up, fire an exposure, and be done with it. But, alas, Buntzen Lake can be very popular when the weather is gorgeous, as was the case on this day.
Those of you who know me probably know that I usually do whatever I can to avoid having people in my shots, but in this case, it is the person who makes it. This man was sitting at the end of the dock, reading a newspaper while his son or grandson was kayaking around the lake. He sat relatively still for the most part, so I felt that using the Lee 10-Stop Big Stopper ND Filter would be ok here. Doing so gave me that glassy surface to the lake.
However, every time I tried to take a shot, someone either walked into the frame next to the man, causing the dock to shake or a boat/kayak would float by, disturbing the water. I must have gone through 20 mintes of attempts here and my urge to rage out was quickly rising. :)
However, persistance paid off because I finally found my narrow, little window where no other people or floating crafts interfered. When I chimped the shot, I saw that the man had shuffled around a bit in his chair, causing some motion blur. At first, I was disheartened at this but when I looked at the image on my larger display, I came to love the juxtaposition of how still the dock, water, and trees were compared to his fidgeting motion. It provided some really nice visual contrast.
And so, there is the ever-important lesson of waiting. Of having patience. And, most importantly, of finding a shot that you must have and doing whatever it takes for however long it takes to get it.
In terms of processing
I processed the trees and the foreground separately here. For the trees, I simply masked in the Magic Forest effect from Perfect Effects 3 by . For the foreground, I applied the Magic Ocean effect. I added the Tonal Contrast effect globally and masked out the water, thereby giving the scene some more bite.
Next, I sent the image to FocalPoint 2 and rendered the background slightly out of focus to help the man pop off the frame.
Final touches were achieved in Lightroom 4.1RC2.