Category: Topaz Labs

ABFriday: Street Art

Welcome to another month of After-Before Friday, where participants take a photo and each renders their own interpretation of it. The other photos are hosted at Visual Venturing by Stacy Fischer. This month, Ben Rowe, of Aperture64, volunteered a photo of the Pendennis Castle in Cornwall, England. I encourage you to visit both blogs –…

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ABFriday: Stone, Water and Sky

It’s once again time for After-Before Friday, hosted as always by Stacy Fisher over at Visual Venturing. To see other pictures from ABFriday, click here.  It’s always fun to check and see the many variations that happen each month! On the left is the original photo; on the right is how the photo looked after I…

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AB Friday: Capitol Building

Thanks to Stacy Fisher, sponsor for another month of After-Before Friday (ABFriday) and Robin Kent (Photography by Kent), who provided the picture! While other months had tough technical challenges to the photos, this month was hard because the photo was so nearly perfect already.  . So here’s the original photo. The people are minor, the…

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I Wanted That Red Teeter-Totter

Welcome to the May Edition of After-Before Friday, hosted as usual by Stacy Fisher at Visual Venturing. It was again fun trying new things with my photo skills! Each month brings a new challenge and it’s great to see what others do with it for their interpretation. This month’s photo was provided by Shane Francescut…

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Evolution of Digital Cameras

As much as I love digital photography, I’m glad it’s improved so very much. So when this week’s photo challenge was to show the word blur, I thought I’d share how far the cameras have come since 2001. Back when digital cameras were new, I bought an upper end point-and-shoot, the Canon Pro90. I quickly…

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The Joy of Common Work

. . . Do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. – Robert Lewis Stevenson It’s easy for me to get caught up in wanting everything fancy, just like I think everyone else has it. But…

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What Is Orange?

So what is orange? Orange is warmth and sunlight, whether on my face or basking in a smile from my daughter. Orange is the glory of flowers, showing off their brilliance for all to see and enjoy. It is delicate sunrises and spectacular sunsets. It is fruits and vegetables, lined up gaily, whether for eating or…

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Building After And Before

One of the fun things about blogging is making new friends and trying new things.  Stacy Fischer, over at Visual Venturing, presents a picture each month for post-processing interpretations for whoever would like to participate.  I did it last month (in this post here) and really enjoyed it. Manal Ali shared such an interesting photo…

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