“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.” Georgia O’Keeffe
It’s not often that I use a really “gritty” style in any of my work, but after watching a Topaz webinar given by Tony Sweet, I decided to spend a little more time working with my Topaz plug-in’s on some past images. I’ve had the Topaz software for some time, but have only used it occasionally in the past often opting for some other approach.
This scene was shot a couple of years ago when I was using a Canon 50D and just starting to venture into HDR work (probably one of the last photographers to bite the bullet). It’s a typical opportunity for HDR with really contrasting lighting including a lot of bright “blown out” whites and blacks that would be frustrating with a one shot exposure. In this case three shots with camera mounted on a tripod and a 70 – 200mm lens were the “tools of engagement”.
Photomatix was the HDR software of choice to process the three captures and while I own two different HDR processing software options I find that each serve a different need for different HDR captures. In this case I didn’t do a lot of manipulating in Photomatix, but did the final phase in Topaz Adjust and just stepped up the grittiness a touch.
Practice and learning are options that always seem to have value in life and art and I feel that both will fill up all my days of retirement with excitement and progress. I certainly will be spending more time with Topaz and really appreciate their continuing webinar opportunities and getting to learn from master photographer, Tony Sweet again.
Thanks for joining me and don’t forget, for those of you in that area, that my exhibit at the Pearson Lakes Art Center will hang until March 2. Support the arts!
Sic “Em Bears.
For more views of my work visit;
Arts On Grand, Spencer, Iowa http://www.artsongrand.org/
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org