Canon 1D Mark III, 24-70mm F/2.8, f/8, 1/125, iso 100
If you have seen many of my Topaz Tuesday posts, you know I really like a variety of things. I have done food, people, koi fish, in addition to buildings, cars, etc. I like to explore what kinds of images will work with Topaz.
But OTOH, sometimes you come across a scene that is so obviously Topaz friendly, you just crack a smile as you are shooting. I came across this old truck on a hot summer afternoon. You can tell from the shadows that it was not dead noon, but anyway this is a HOT landscape to work with. I had my 24-70 zoom lens on the camera body, and set it to its widest aperture, and moved in close, to get this "in your face" point of view.
Before jumping into Topaz, I first made a few Lightroom enhancements. There were some sensor goobers, and I cloned those out. Then I added some GND (Graduated Neutral Density) to make the sky nicer. Then into Topaz Adjust to bring out all the detail in the aging relic. I loved the effect on the truck. But I didn't so much care for what had happened with the foliage. Fine and out of focus areas are not Topaz Adjust finest moments.
So back in Lightroom I painted these areas and applied maximum de-clarity. It worked perfect. I could also do a blur in Photoshop, but I prefer to work in LR as much as possible.
What a beaut old truck, eh? It's been at this winery for many decades, and I'm sure it has supplied a great service to the people and the wine. Let me know how you like this treatment, on the continue link below, where you can also see the original image before any adjustments.