I saw this challenge called “Twinkle”, and I pulled this up from the recent pictures that I had taken in Benares. I had used a star filter over the lens for this shot. I did not use any Photoshop tricks. Yes, I did soften the image a bit. Just a wee bit..All that I did was to boost the colour and contrast a bit.
I actually have several shots where I used the star filter, some of which are not too bad.
In this case, I liked the softness of the water, with the sun dancing on the waves, and the hint of the boat and the little ‘boat of offerings’ to the river.