Captured Moments – Lions and Tigers and Bears…

Oh my!


I couldn’t resist.

More from the Denver Zoo

Photos edited using Topaz Studio

We arrived at the lion area as they were setting out their..dinner.

I liked the black and white effect. 


This effect is called Faded Glory (below)

There were two bears and both were sound asleep.  The rock pillow doesn’t look very comfortable.

Expressionism effect (below)


Captured Moments – Eyes

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to
look through each other’s eyes for an instant?

Henry David Thoreau

Good morning.

A few years ago I decided to see if I could take a photo of my eye.  Weird?  Maybe a little, but fun.  I held the camera up to my face and snapped away. I discovered how reflective our eyes are, and how many wrinkles and freckles I have.  Thank goodness for cropping. 😉

This one shows the camera reflection and was one of my favorites of the set.

I decided to play around with the photo in Topaz studio using some of the pre-made adjustment sets. The first is called Bluebell Impressions

The next filter is  called Melting Colors

and the last one, my favorite, is called evening shadow.  I did not realize that the writing on the lens was visible until I noticed it after using these various filters.  

Good morning

This morning has been very relaxing.  Drinking coffee on the porch while listening to the birds chirp and scold one another at the feeders. Enjoying a nice conversation with a friend that lives 1650 miles away and we managed not to persuade each other to buy any new books.  (We did that earlier in the week. 😉 )

I also ended up going through old folders of photos, one in particular was from a trip our family took to Louisiana a few years ago.  We went on a tour of Lake Martin in Breaux Bridge Louisiana.  This is one of my favorite photos. The original was a bit washed out.  I played with it in Topaz Studio and the first photo is a basic color correction with a bit of a vignette to darken the sky.  The second one has a bit more color saturation and the third effect is called perfect portrait.  Subtle differences but a vast improvement over the original.

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Cypress with hollow area-Edit with Topaz-Edit perfect portrait