Walking along the street in Dublin, Ireland, I came across a couple of bags of trash. But these weren't your average find. Such colors and shapes. I realized I was looking at origami, must have been a fun day? I looked up and sure enough I was in front of a school building.
Although a pretty weird photography subject, I thought it might have some merit, so I walked around the bags a few times and took what I thought were some interesting compositions.
Looking at the images on my computer, I thought that I really wanted to enhance everything, the shapes, the colors, and even the plastic bag, which I believe adds a lot of texture and interest. In Topaz Adjust 5 I tried a few presets, and then settled on vivacious, which this treatment certainly is. Click on the continue link to see the original. Kind of fun trying to make some art out of throwaways.
I'll continue the torture with more mannequin images. Look at them. Blissfully unaware of this huge storm Sandy punishing the US east coast today. I think of all my friends in that area, and hope everyone will be okay.
In a previous post, I mentioned that two saturdays ago was Worldwide Photo Walk day. I wasn't able to participate due to having company for the weekend.
But I did get to speak to many photogs enjoying their day. We were heading back from Seattle on the ferry, and a group had come along! So I got to talk with many of them - they were having a great time.
One of the group was Jill Maguire. We swapped cards, and when I checked out her work I was really impressed. The above image was shot after her group returned to Seattle. You have seen the Wheel in some of my shots, but it has never looked this good.
Here is Jill's website. Take a look around there, I believe you'll be as impressed as I was. Nice to meet you Jill!
I attended a workshop this past weekend, in Seattle. I'll have more to say on that later. We did most of our shooting at the Arboretum, a beautiful park that features plants from all over the world.
I thought I had this creek all to myself, and I was photographing some floating leaves, very close to the shore. I was pretty focused, when all of a sudden out of the corner of my eye this canoe comes into view.
I had only about 3 seconds to manually focus and get off a couple of shots. No time for any other camera settings, but it worked out just fine.
When I looked at the original file, I saw a lot of individual detail, way too much in fact. What I wanted was more of a picture of the stillness, the beauty this man must have been feeling. Certainly the image had potential.
Remembering the watercolor effect in Topaz Simplify, I went there and gave it a try. The preset was a good start, but not what I had in mind. But it is so easy to simply move the various sliders and instantly see the effect. Basically what I did was increase the watercolor effect, toning down what Simplify was doing with small details. I also decreased the brightness a bit.
Check out the original on the Continue link below. Note that this week I also am showing the pre-cropped version. The photographer leading the workshop definitely likes to fill the frame with the subject, so I'm giving that a go in this finished image.