Little Red Building Different Ways

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I thought I’d take a break and share some more photo effects, similar to what I did last month.

I took this picture last May when I traveled by Amtrak to Washington D.C..  The train was stopped near Fredericksburg, Virginia and I used my old point & shoot Canon.  This photo was particularly appealing because of the red paint in the midst of all the greenery.

So let’s start with the original photo:

Straight From The Camera

I adjusted it before I started playing with it.  I removed some of the graininess and adjusted the colors and detail as well as the brightness.  I used Topaz DeNoise, Adjust Spicify, and Detail Feature Enhancement.  I flattened all the layers into a single layer, and saved it.  Isn’t that considerably improved?

Basic Adjustments Using Topaz DeNoise, Adjust Spicify, and Detail Enhancement Feature

This one is my favorite.  I used the Topaz Dark Night Effect and added a Star Effect filter in the lower left corner.  I probably could have made it a teensy bit bigger, but after three tries on it, decided to move on.

Dark Night with Star Effect (lower left corner)

This one uses a Photoshop Filter called Rough Strokes.  I liked its grungy appearance.

Photoshop Filter Rough Strokes

These next two are similar, but there are noticeable differences.  This is a Topaz Bokah Gentle Transition.  Notice how the background fades out and the focus is on the red house.

Topaz Bokah Gentle Transition

This one also blurs the background, but note how everything moves towards you.  It’s also pretty, just different.

Topaz Creative Blur

Here’s a black and white effect, Topaz Aged.  I tried a number of the black & white filters, but didn’t really like any of them.  I think it’s just too busy and the details don’t have enough definition.  This one was the best, but I find it only okay.

Topaz Black & White Aged Effect 2

This is also from the Topaz Black & White Filters, but keeps a little more color.  I liked it much better.

Topaz Black & White Tea Green Falloff

I enjoyed playing around to share with you, but was surprised at how long it took.  Of course, that’s why most of the photos in my blog are straight from the camera.  It takes me long enough to write up my material, let alone if I was spending so much time adjusting the photos too!

What’s nice about doing this though is being able to go back and look at the effects and see what I did.  Of course, each photo adjusts differently, but some reference material is nice.

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