Todays #Macro Monday Sub Theme is Dreamy, like the usual, I dug through my archives and I found the photo. It was ok and perfect for today's theme, but I wanted to add a little more lens effect. Topaz Labs has the right tool for [...]
Todays #Macro Monday Sub Theme is Dreamy, like the usual, I dug through my archives and I found the photo. It was ok and perfect for today's theme, but I wanted to add a little more lens effect. Topaz Labs has the right tool for the job, the Topaz Lens Effects. Lens Effects is one the many easy to use photoshop plugins that Topaz Labs offers.
It's been a while since my last posts before I went on vacation. The photo above was shot in Universal Orland. I shot this as we were walking along the Port of Entry. I had my Canon EOS 60D with the EF-S 10-22mm at the time, and it was the perfect lens to do the job. That day I only brought one camera body with me and and extra lens the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 because I really wanted to travel light, but I could have gone with just the 10-22mm.
Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L IS USM Lens. Photomatix Pro | Topaz Detail 2.
Ok, here’s the story, I was sitting by the pond waiting for the ducks to come near me, when I notice this Hawk kinda staring at me from afar. So I grab my camera set it to auto bracket and slowly walk towards him praying that he won’t fly away. It’s just me and him, I only have a 200mm lens, I check if I’m close enouch, still not, so I walked some more. It seems like he’s observing every move I make. I had a feeling he’s going to fly away if I move in much closer, so again, I slowly raised my camera fired away. I managed to get 6 frames before he flew away on top of the trees. I waited for another hour hoping he would come back down, but did not.
Software I use to create and process this photograph:
- Photomatix Pro – I used this in creating this High Dynamic Range Photograph by merging the three exposures I shot.
- Topaz Detail – Topaz Detail puts unique detailing capabilities right at your fingertips. Built with one-of-a-kind technology, this plug-in is invaluable for photographers who want precise and intricate detailing abilities that will help achieve high-quality enhancements.
- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 – I used Lightroom to manage and organized my photographs.
Possibilities are endless. I went to the woods for a short walk and captured a few shots, here in this one I added a little zoom blur in Photoshop with the Topaz Lens Effect Plugin.
Shot in Aperture Priority, F/4.5, ISO 400, 10mm, 1/50th
Topaz Adjust is a Photoshop Plugin, which means you’ll need Photoshop to use it. It will run on versions of adobe photoshop cs3, cs4 and the latest, cs5. I use the plugin on my finishing touches, mainly to pop the photo, add contrast, color and detail. Also with Topaz adjust, you can create a great [...]
Topaz Adjust is a Photoshop Plugin, which means you’ll need Photoshop to use it. It will run on versions of adobe photoshop cs3, cs4 and the latest, cs5. I use the plugin on my finishing touches, mainly to pop the photo, add contrast, color and detail. Also with Topaz adjust, you can create a great looking pseudo HDR sort of HDR like looking images from just one photo, be it a jpg, tiff, or your camera’s native raw file, and I can say that it does it really good.
I’ve had Topaz adjust for quite sometime but I never really tried it until a month ago, and when I finally use it, all I can say is, it’s just an awesome tool, it has tons of presets to choose from, and best of all, you can fine tune it’s presets until you get the look you like. It is really a great tool and is only $49, way cheaper compare to other similar plugins like Lucis Pro which cost around $500. Topaz Adjust is available on their website at TopazLabs.Com. I highly recommend it and this plugin should always be in every photographers gear box. Scroll down to view some of the sample images and to continue on the mini review.
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