Rick Finney, APSA  

Bottle Still Life by Rick Finney, APSA

June 2020 - Bottle Still Life

June 2020 - Rick Finney, APSA


About the Image(s)

First of all I started out with a rather blah image of some old bottles on a window sill. First of all I did most of the original adjustments in Luminar utilizing AI Enhance, AI Structure , etc. Ten I turned to Topaz Studio 2 to do the “painting” Using the following filters in order … Glow filter, Impression filter, Texture filter, Precision Contrast filter, HSL Color tuning, and lastly Precision Detail filter. I just played around with the sliders until I got something I liked. The choice of filters was not random. I watched Dave Kelly do a video on this type of thing. If interested see the following:

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Dear Rick, I think that the transformation of an ordinary documentary-like photo to a work of art is just beautiful. The light and reflections on the glass are there in the original, too, but come to life in the final version.
As an owner of a brand new Topaz Studio 2 license (thanks to the PSA 30% discount), I am very grateful for the link to the tutorial!   Posted: 06/06/2020 15:04:29
Rick Finney   Rick Finney
Thank you for the comment!   Posted: 06/06/2020 15:32:46

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
What a great job Rick. You are using the same post processing tools as yourself. I don't have such a great collection of bottles thou. I like the colors and textures that Topaz has given you. Just a nit: but I am not fond of the down slope on the front and the stainless panel in the back. Was it intentional to get the point of the red triangle to meet the clear bottle top?   Posted: 06/06/2020 21:48:53
Rick Finney   Rick Finney
Not really. It just happened by coincidence. Thanks for the observation!   Posted: 06/07/2020 00:35:04

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
This is a nice choice and transformation to a finished product.
I am very interested to know the focal length of the lens and your shooting distance, as this greatly affects the view and proportions of the bottles.   Posted: 06/09/2020 23:43:55
Rick Finney   Rick Finney
I'm still shooting with a 5s iPhone, a real antique of iPhones. I plan to get a new iPhone 11 Max Pro within two weeks. I no longer carry around a large camera and I usually have my iPhone on my person most of the time. Thanks for you comment.   Posted: 06/10/2020 00:28:19

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
First let me tell you that I absolutely love the finished result of this image.
And second, I don't know if you saw the email that Tom Pickering sent out ... I have been able to arrange for members of Digital Dialog a webinar on Luminar 4 on June 25 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight time. The Director of Education for Skylum, Vanelli, will be doing the webinar and it is open to any member of Digital Dialog who is interested. Just email me at bevandstu@gmail with your name and email address and I'll add you to our list. FREEBEE Compliments of Digital Dialog   Posted: 06/11/2020 19:40:40

Joan Field   Joan Field
I love the warmth, colors and distortion of your final image. The filters you used worked really well. One of the things I like is the way the bottles pull away from each other as with key stoning. The filters made the bottles look more glassy, which is interesting and positive for the image. Although the background is busy, it gives a lot more color to the entire frame and it works for me. It gave me a Wow impression right from the start. Nice work.   Posted: 06/18/2020 14:43:52