I have a powerful PC tower and a 27 inch monitor that I use for my photo processing, but within the last year or so this is where I have been doing all my photo processing.  In the comforts of the living room on a 15″ Asus laptop.  I hardly ever use the other system anymore. It’s just more comfortable setting in my soft cushy chair with my feet up watching the tube, and playing with new images.   All the images look great with this simple system, so I’m getin er done right here. Look at that little girl on the TV, who’s face is in shock that I process all my images on a laptop instead of some big fancy expensive system.

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Macro Boot Camp – Milwaukee

Posted: September 21, 2014 in Uncategorized
I will be in the Milwaukee are in the spring 2015.
Macro Boot Camp
Holiday Inn Express, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, near the airport.
May 1,2,3,  2015
Cost $199
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I really like the choice of 60 textured filters in the new Impression program by Topaz.

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I like this image as is with the nice white background, but thought it might also look good with some texture to make it even more interesting. Here is the original.

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I remember when I was in the wood working business many moons ago, I would create furniture giving it an antique feel with a crackled paint finish.  Well they happen to have a crackled paint look in the textures section of the Impression program.  So decided to try that one, and we have a totally new look.

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NEW!! TOPAZ – IMPRESSION

Posted: September 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

Check out the new processing program from Topaz called Impression.  Love this new program, and I have a video below that shows you some info about the program.

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Here is an image that I did some quick artistic designs with the new Topaz Impression. This is the original of a Queen Anne Lace with the Sun in the above.

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Now for two version of filters applied in Impressions.

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Check out my video with some insight into Topaz Impression.

 

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This is a trick that I’ve seen done before, but finally got around to giving it a try myself.

Get a piece of glass and apply some rainX . RainX is found in the automotive section and it is used on your car windshield to cause the rain to bead up and easily run off. The rainX will help the water to bead up on your glass.

I don’t like to take a lot of time making elaborate set-ups so I just find what every is lying around the house that will work, so nothing sophisticated. In the garage I found a cart from my art show days just waiting to be used for this project.

I placed the glass on top of the cart, and used a spray bottle filled with water to create the bubbles.

Underneath, I placed a green print that I made, but you can use any material that has a nice solid color.

I needed my Gerbera flower to be somewhat close to the glass, so propped it up with a coke can that was in the garage. The flower was large enough to hide the coke can underneath.

Positioned the camera overhead and tried to get the front of the lens as parallel as I could to the glass. Moved the camera in close enough to fill the frame with the Gerbera flower.

I experimented shooting at different f/stops for depth of field, and wanted to show a little details in flower below.

I placed my focus on the flowers within the waterdrops and the f/22 seemed to give me the amount of focus I needed to get the waterdrops in focus and reach down and give the image a little focus on the flower.

I just used the natural light that was in the garage.

That’s it, and then go into Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4 and Viveza 2 and do some processing.

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