January 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm #2610
Was dredging my hard drive and came across this character. As they say … ‘you are never too old!’
THE GRAND DAY OUT.January 5, 2013 at 10:32 pm #2638
Sometimes it’s good to look back through your old stuff as you can find gems like this. You’ve caught the expressions well and it has implied movement. It’s not easy to get these so sharp. Didn’t you like the colour version?January 5, 2013 at 10:42 pm #2640
YOU CERTAINLY GO AND GET YOUR PICS. DELORES–AND YOUV”E GOT ANOTHER THERE. (worth transplanting a bit of the hedge onto the little bit of white sky -do you think.January 6, 2013 at 12:09 am #2645
Could be an Idea re the hedge Ken. I might try that. It wasn’t very sharp Pete and I had to do a fair bit of rescuing. I do find that B/W tones down the distractions but I did like the colour one too. I got the Topaz Adjust 5 as it was so cheap and it is great at restoring detail and giving a bit of punch on stuff like this. I doubt it will ever see a comp but I love the old gent so made the best of it I could.
Col version with added leaves and a bit closer crop.January 6, 2013 at 11:10 am #2651
Well done too. Its a good photo. I have same Topaz,, also Topaz Lens which is very good and useful got them off Serif very cheap. Have a good Sunday.January 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm #2653
I think the BW is better, as the colour doesn’t contribute anything to the meaning of the image, but rather distracts from the important elements. The BW is very nicely timed, and captures the emotion and atmosphere really well. And there’s good tonal separation of the faces from their background. (If it were my BW image, I might try upping the contrast a bit.)January 6, 2013 at 7:13 pm #2654
Doooont shout at me Delores,took a liberty with your photo -blurred background–tilt–sepia–(Monet threw his easle at me)January 7, 2013 at 11:11 am #2659
A lovely image Dolores and worth the tweaking of it as well. I know you like the B/W but love both versions and agree that the tweaking ie adding the leaves and then cropping helps the image. Nicely seen. Will difentely get myself a copy of Topaz after seeing what it can do to rescue images. See you all Thursday.January 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm #2663
As usual I caught it with the corner of my eye and only saw what I had later. You’ll have to come round and I’ll show you the Topaz before and afters Meg. Very easy to overdo it. Put a load of yours on a flash drive and have a try on my computer sometime.
Ken … that is an interesting take. I would never shout at you … Zac and Sasha would bite me ! Feel free to tweak and twiddle;-)January 16, 2013 at 7:49 am #2771
Nobody suggest cropping off the right. The metalwork over there is distracting us from the main subject. Like the mono best.
With Topaz remember that the presets are only a start and tend to be a bit “American”. Treat them as giving you an idea of the possibilities quickly, you can then tune them to your requirements using the controls on the right.January 16, 2013 at 11:51 am #2782
I admit this does look a bit over done on the topaz front but the original was incredibly soft ( just this side of the delete button) and in bringing out some detail that heavier effect has been created so this was an early play about just for fun. I probably could get something a bit more refined from it now but I doubt it would ever stand up to scrutiny or enlarging much above forum size.. I am getting ever more delicate of touch with the old Topaz John …. so don’t panic 😉
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