Have to be quick this morning... breakfast meeting.
I shot this old barn and while I like the color version, I didn't think it really conveyed the age and character present in the scene. In Topaz Black & White Effects, I used the Dynamic II Grunge preset and voila!
Check out the original with the Continue link below...
Canon AE1, Lens/settings, no idea! (well, probably Kodachrome)
I just imported some of my old slide film scans into Lightroom. Reliving the past. This shot was taken by me in December of 1975, in Stockholm, Sweden. I guess most folks on Facebook weren't even born then?
But anyway, just to show you all how long I have been into photography... In Stockholm, that time of year, the sun comes up about 10 am and goes down about 2 pm. So no problem for a photographer to hit "the golden hours."
I came upon this scene in my recent "junkyard shoot," and the title appeared in my mind pretty quickly. An old "Greyhound" style bus, that had been used by the Navy. Probably Korean war days I would say.
Mother Nature is having her way with this grand old lady, one day at a time. Yet it seemed to me perhaps the Ghost Driver was making regular appearances, and keeping her in something of a worthy condition. Perhaps an occasional spin around the expansive junkyard happens when we are all sleeping?
The image felt like a good candidate for black and white. So into Topaz B&W Effects. I quickly saw that I needed to darken the edges and the railings to achieve more focus on the chair. Back to Lightroom, where I used GND's on the left, right and bottom areas. I then painted the two railings going up, and took their highlight setting to zero.
Now back in Topaz BWE, I was pretty sure one of the "grungy" presets would work for me. I settled on Dramatic II Grunge, then gave it some Protect Highlights slider (as the windows were even brighter) and a bit of Detail Boost.
All aboard for a midnight ride?
Check out the color version on the Continue link below, and feel free to leave a comment on this image if you'd like to. Think of it as a tip to the Ghost Driver.
Canon 6D, 70-300mm F/2.8 L, f/2.8, 1/1000, iso 250
Kind of a twist on an oft mentioned theme I like, nature reclaiming what man creates. Since this car is from, what, the 1950's, man's creation is doing quite a job holding out! Inevitably, it will succumb. As will everything I presume. But I like how this beauty is holding out with dignity and grace.
I shot today's image in a museum in Oregon. I selected it as a candidate for Topaz Black & White Effects because as a color image, the cycle was competing with the brightly colored wing in the background.
Going into BWE, basically I tried several presets before settling on Cool Tone III, it was exactly what I was looking for. Wasn't any harder than that.
Compare to the original yourself, it's on the Continue link below. Must have been a thrill to ride that beast!
When I saw the SOOC version of this on my screen, it seemed like a good Topaz Adjust candidate. Surely I could add back in the gritty feel of Havana?
I opened the image in Adjust 5, tried a few presets, then settled on "Neutralizer by JorgeDiaz," which sounded very appropriate. Then to the sliders for a few touches of my own.. adding back a bit more color, then lowering the dark range with curves.
I'm very happy with this one. Authentic feel, not overdone. What say you, Amigos? SOOC version and comment area on the Continue link below.