Canon 5D Mark II, 35mm F/1.4, f/8, 1/15, iso 320
Welcome new visitors to Topaz Tuesday. A couple of days ago the great people at Topaz Labs informed me they want to feature my Topaz Tuesday posts on their Facebook Page. I already saw a big jump in traffic today.
For the new visitors, most every Tuesday I feature an image I have worked over with one of the Topaz products. After the jump below, you'll get to see the original image, for comparison.
Also, over on the right hand side of this page is a list of post categories. If you click on Topaz Tuesday you'll filter the posts to just Topaz Tuesdays.
I hope you find some images you like here, and I'd very much appreciate a comment from you on those that you find appealing. Comments keep my creative juices going. You just hit the "continue" link below and then scroll down.
Today's image is another "decay" image from my weekend shoot. Having seen this big pipe and all the girders from below, I climbed up several flights of stairs to get to a platform. As soon as I got there, the tour leader said "hey, you aren't supposed to be up there!" There were no railings and it would be a painful fall for sure. But the stairway had not been roped off, so really I hadn't broken the rules.
So I said "as long as I'm already here, how about I get a few shots?" He grinned and I was in business. The original shot though does not convey the grittiness of the scene. For processing, I first boosted the Clarity, Saturation and Vibrance sliders in Lightroom 3.2. I then took the image into Topaz Adjust 4.0, and hit it with the Crisp preset, after trying out several. There was not yet enough "grunge" so I boosted the detail slider until I got the effect you see here.
I think it is a cool image, I like the competing geometric shapes and bands of color. The detail & color that Adjust brought out in the sheetmetal is my favorite part.
Click on the continue link for the original and to leave a comment if you find this image to your liking.