Category: Topaz Labs

My Fancy Truck Photo

Still round the corner there may wait A new road or a secret gate And though I oft have passed them by A day will come at last when I Shall take the hidden paths that run West of the Moon, East of the Sun. ― J.R.R. Tolkien I look at a row of trucks,…

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Practicing Stillness

This week’s photo challenge is minimalist, explained as: An artfully executed minimalist photograph is anything but mundane. It illustrates a moment in time, or an artistic perspective, with simplicity and grace.   Minimalist photography is characterized by a large portion of negative space, a fairly monochromatic color palette with good contrast, and an interesting subject that…

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Pears With Textures

  For the final assignment in my close-up photography class, we were to take a photograph of something with four different textures.  After a great deal of experimentation, I ended up four fairly boring pictures of a pear that we had.  So, to make it more appealing to me, I ran it through Topaz Effects…

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Time For Tea

You’re invited to a virtual tea time!  I’d call it by its real name – PARTY – but in the wisdom of our politicians in this country, the name has been corrupted and I don’t feel like a bunch of landings on this page because people are looking for “the” tea party instead of “a” tea…

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Fixing A Dog Photo

As I was playing around with the 100mm macro lens that my favorite boy toy lent me, I took pictures of all kinds of things (you can see more of them here and here).  Because I was learning to use it, at one point I switched back to my regular zoom lens for comparison and…

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Observations On Autumn

  Use what you have, use what the world gives you. Use the first day of fall: bright flame before winter’s deadness; harvest; orange, gold, amber; cool nights and the smell of fire. Our tree-lined streets are set ablaze, our kitchens filled with the smells of nostalgia: apples bubbling into sauce, roasting squash, cinnamon, nutmeg,…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

Everything that’s lovely is But a brief, dreamy kind of delight. ― W.B. Yeats, Poems I like the things around me to be beautiful and slightly dreamy, with a feeling of worldliness. ― Alice Temperley This week’s photo challenge is “dreamy”, which Wikitionary defines as “having a pleasant or romantic atmosphere”. The Lewis Ginter Botanical gardens…

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