Topaz

Arches National Park

Arches-1

Arches National Park is such an amazing place.  Around every turn is  different adventure and wonder.  The landscapes are eye popping and a photographers dream.  In this photo I love the dramatic looking wispy clouds.  I used a polarizing filter and processed the photo in Lightroom 3 and Topaz Adjust.

Jenny's Lake

Jenny's Lake

This photo was taken at Jenny’s Lake in the Grand Teton’s. This photo was taken by my ten year old daughter using my Nikon D300 with an 18-135 lens attached. I processed this one in much the same way I did the earlier version. I used Lightroom 3 and then finished up by enhancing the details and color with Topaz Adjust 4. The final touch was to reduce the noise.

I like this photo because it shows the rugged life of the rocky mountains.
I like the waves and ever so slight reflection.
I like the color of the water.
I like the mountains on the top and the water being framed by the trees on the bottom.

The specs:
Iso 200
18mm
f/13
1/125 second

Thank you for visiting today.

~WR~

Jenny Lake

Jenny Lake-1

Last week we travelled to Wyoming to visit our daughter and to participate in her wedding open house. We left a day earlier so that we could drive through the Teton’s and Yellowstone. I was looking forward to this trip. There would be many new opportunities to capture new photos. We left in plenty of time to reach Cody on time and stop for several photos. As soon as we arrived in the Teton’s it started to rain. By the time we made it to Jenny’s Lake it was a steady rain. I was disappointed, but decided to try for a few photos.

The photo above was taken in Raw. I did an initial process in Lightroom. I transfered the photo to photoshop to remove some spots. As I was looking at the photo it was grey and drab. I decided to try the plugin Topaz adjust. I cranked up the effects to reach this look. Then I ran the photo through a noise reduction software. The Topaz software brought out the details of the photo and helped to define the mountains.

Thank you,

Darrin

Steal

Steal

This photo was from my boys last regular season Lacrosse game. During this game the wind was constantly blowing, it was cloudy and cold. I wanted to get this photo crisp so I set the iso to 800.

The specs:
iso 800
120mm
f/4.8
1/1000 sec

I don’t understand this game well enough to know where I should be for a good photo. On this one I was sitting in the stands and using a monopod. In this sequence my boy had just stolen the ball from the offensive player.

To process this photo I ran it through lightroom, then CS4, and finally used the Topaz Adjust filter.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Provo River Falls

Provo River Falls

This is another shot in my recent series of editing using Photoshop Plugins. Again I used Topaz Adjust, Denoise, but this time I added a small amount of Simplify to give the photo a slight painterly look. Today my blog is short because I am the last in my family to catch the stomach flu.

Thank you for visiting.

~wr~

Letter O

O

Last year I was working on a project to make an alphabet book. Here is an example of what you can do with common objects. In the office where this project was being made there sat a nice bowl full of M & M’s. It had great color, shapes and interest. Everyone likes M & M’s. I took this photo and then in the final edit I processed it using Topaz adjust. Next time you want a new subject to photograph, but you are unable to get out of the house try taking close up photos of common objects around your house. Use a program like Topaz (download the trial version) and show your kids. It can be a fun and entertaining evening.

Thank you for visiting.

~wr~

Stewart Falls

pre-Stewart Falls
For today’s post I thought I would do a before and after of an image I took last summer. The first image has no processing done at all. I took this image into Photoshop and resized it for the web.

Stewart Falls

This image received the standard processing and sharpening. The difference was that after I processed this image I created a duplicate layer in photoshop and using Topaz Adjust I enhanced the entire photo. This made the photo look to over processed. I then erased the overblown areas. I made a few more adjustments on the waterfall and merged the layers and masks.

I like how in the final photo the water and rocks are the highlight.
I like the detail in the rocks.
I like the detail in the water after it falls from the fall.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Double Falls

Double Falls

This is a waterfall located in Provo Canyon. I took this photo right after a snowstorm had hit. I then processed the photo using Topaz adjust. The plugin brought out the details of the trees.

I like this photo because it reminds me of something you might find in a fantasy land.

I like the clean look of the snow.
I like the snow covered trees.
I like the rugged cliffs.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Bridge

Bridge

This was a fun picture to take. We were traveling on I-70 on our way to Denver. The colors were good in some places. In others they had fallen off the trees due to an extreme cold snap. With my small children in the back seat I was unable to stop the car to set up the camera for a good photo. Instead when I saw a photo I liked I stuck the camera out the window and took the snapshot. This one was taken at 80 miles an hour.

I processed it using my all time favorite plug in called Topaz Simplify.

The Specs.
Iso 400
135 mm
f/14
1/250 second

I like the color of the bridge.
I like the shape of the bridge.
I like the colors of the mountain.
I would like to take the time to photograph this picture using a tripod.

Let me know what you think by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

~wr~