Back Porch (a three image comparison)   Leave a comment

Okay, so I got some new photo software yesterday.  That would explain the five straight hours at the computer and the blinding headache.  But while playing around I came across this photograph that I took seven years ago in Santa Fe.  It had never seen the light of day before I loaded it into Adobe Lightroom 3 and then modified it first in Topaz Adjust, and then again in Topaz Simplify.  I can’t decide which one I like best, but that could just be the five straight hours and four cups of coffee.  And maybe tomorrow I’ll look at these adjustments and wonder. “What the heck was I thinking?”

In any case, here they are.  The subject is the back porch of an art gallery in Santa Fe:

Above:  Original photo adjusted in Adobe Lightroom 3 for exposure, tone and contrast.  Very mild cropping.

Above:  Same photo with “Simplify” application in Topaz Adjust to remove some detail (note less grain on cupboard doors and smoother surface of pottery).  A bit like using a soft focus lens.

Above:  Same photo now with “Oil Painting” application in Topaz Simplify to further enhance the painterly effect.

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Posted April 17, 2011 by ~ Bruce in Travel Photography

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