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)
I am having a hard time keeping my momentum going today. I was sitting drinking my second cup of coffee, looking through photos and came across this snail photo. It was taken after it had rained. The house we lived in at the time had a very healthy snail population and it was common to see their silvery trails along the sidewalks in the morning.
I started playing around with the photo in Topaz Studio (procrastinating), and thought that the snail and I had something in common. Moving slowly, although I think it would have beaten me today. This may be a three or four cup of coffee morning. 😉
This filter reminds me of some of the photos that came from an old Brownie camera I used in high school. It must have had a leak in the seal or a crack and I would get a rainbow or light leak effect on my photos. The filter is named Low fidelity in Topaz Studio.
This filter gives it a gritty feel, more texture and I like the blue hint on the head. It is called wfcSoft2 in Topaz Studio.
Could a greater miracle take place than for us to
look through each other’s eyes for an instant?
Henry David Thoreau
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.
“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly,
“one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
Hans Christian Anderson
A little something to brighten the day.
Summer flowers edited using Topaz Studio – Radiance.
We have Southern Leopard frogs in the pond this summer. Shy little guys. I snapped a few photos of them, then played with them in Topaz Studio.
Here is the original photo.
Here is our darling frog with an effect titled Fine Wine Cafe2.
Photo of a waterlily in a small pond in my yard. No editing. I have had this waterlily for about four years. It is in a six foot long oval stock tank that is two feet deep. It is very hardy. I set the pot on the bottom of the tank to keep it over winter.
The photo below has been edited with Topaz Studio and Topaz Labs plug in, Simplify, using the finger painting effect.
Although many students in band and sports have already returned to school for daily practice, school officially starts on Monday August 21 for us. Summer seems to have slipped past us without much fanfare and no vacations, but some years are like that.
I am still having fun exploring the new photo editing software Topaz and took one of my photos of a wind surfer in Rockport, Texas from a vacation in 2014. The photo was kind of dull. It was a gray windy day. This effect, titled Bluebell Impression, gave this photo new life. I love the colors and feeling of movement, the wind in the trees, the waves and the taut sail in the sky.
Who knows, maybe we will take a quick trip to the beach on a weekend. 🙂
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.
One of the reasons that I wanted the Panasonic Luminx FZ80 was the 60x zoom. My old Canon SX280HS , which had a bad experience at the beach one year, had a zoom that worked well for moon shots and I wanted another camera with similar zoom capabilities.. I tried using the hand held night shot scene mode on the Panasonic Lumix FZ80. It would not zoom close enough to get the shot I wanted. I decided to try using the 4K mode in the iA setting and the zoom extended and focused the way I was hoping it would. Below are the results. The photos were shot in 4K, hand held with the camera braced against my porch post. (A new tripod is high on the wish list)
I caught a bit of the clouds in this one.
The next photo is also a hand held shot using 4k in the iA (Auto) setting.
This is the same photo using an effect called Antique Amber in Topaz Studio.