Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/g, AWPF, GPU-Cr4  


Avian by Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/g, AWPF, GPU-Cr4

August 2019 - Avian

August 2019 - Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/g, AWPF, GPU-Cr4

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I have been busy backing up old images from 2006 and found this pic taken in a park in Auckland NZ using a Canon 300D shot in jpeg. First I made a rough selection of the sculpture and pasted it into a new file, made a new later and filled with black and flattened the image. A bit of tidying up required around edges of the scupture. Then cropped square.
Now moved into Topaz using glow and the linear light preset, adjusting by reducing opacity. Back in PS more tidying required to erase some whispy lines around the edges finally boosting saturation a touch and adding the inner glow border. I thought the result looked rather bird-like so titled it Avian.


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

Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
(Group 81)
Yet another creative idea Ian!! Where do you get them from?
I am still struggling to get the desired effects I want from Topaz but am persisting!!   Posted: 08/02/2019 15:38:28
Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
Angela, there is so much in Topaz not just the presets themselves but the options available to tweak the settings. Some results come almost by accident others by trial and error. I'm still experimenting and I encourage you to do so and you will soon find a few favourite pre sets to tweak.   Posted: 08/03/2019 02:28:21

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Love this image Ian. You have created an attractive composition from the original sculpture. It certainly gives the impression of flight as per the title. A great tweak!   Posted: 08/03/2019 10:54:12

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
(Group 40)
Ian you have a great structural eye, to see all that potential in what to me is a fairly ugly sculpture! A very inspiring image!   Posted: 08/10/2019 18:06:13
Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
Thanks for looking at Group 18 and sharing your comments with us.
Not sure about having a strucural eye! I just find it is all about continual experimentation with the software tools that are available to us. I had several versions before settling on this one.   Posted: 08/11/2019 13:25:00
Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
(Group 40)
You picked the right one. I love it. Your image evokes an emotional response in me that the original does not.   Posted: 08/11/2019 15:28:46

Jennifer Empey   Jennifer Empey
Ian, I like how you have transformed the image.
There's places within the image where the eye can rest, then move on again around the image.
Great technique.   Posted: 08/15/2019 00:16:17

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
(Groups 20 & 64)
As with an excellent image, this holds my interest as my eye keeps exploring the different sharps and wondering what might appear next. Very creative.
I certainly agree that Topaz has inexhaustible possibilities that require exploring and experimenting. The new Topaz Studio 2 should be tried by all.   Posted: 08/16/2019 22:03:30
Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
Thanks Jerry - just downloaded version 2 and will investigate further.
Now to take a peek at your contributions this month.   Posted: 08/17/2019 04:35:46
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 6 & 11 & 53)
I was on the beta team for Studio 2 - they only had it in beta for a week - and it's coming along nicely. Once they add the rest of the tools it will be a killer creative tool.   Posted: 08/21/2019 23:50:32

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 6 & 11 & 53)
This is spectacular, Ian! It's bold yet whispy, loud but ethereal. I can't think of a thing to suggest to improve this flight pulled out of mediocrity. Bravo!   Posted: 08/21/2019 23:52:40

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
It's a super effect although I struggle with "avian", presumably you are thinking of feathers?

Have you thought of a different colouration (like blue), as you know I am not fond of brown.   Posted: 08/26/2019 02:23:05
Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
There is another Topaz pre set which offers blue options but I tried them and for me they did not have the same impact as the golden colours. At the end of the day it's all a matter of personal choice.   Posted: 08/26/2019 03:30:54

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
I appreciate that, "gold" is fine.
Have you tried monochrome or a negative monochrome?   Posted: 08/26/2019 03:35:03
Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
Now that's an idea I might try.   Posted: 08/26/2019 08:50:02
Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
Just tried a mono version. Used Nik Black and White choosing the fine art preset and tweakig and using the selenium tone effect. I quite like it. Thanks for prompting me to do a little more work. But what do you think??   Posted: 08/28/2019 14:10:49
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Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
I like it and as the negative.   Posted: 08/28/2019 14:42:13
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Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
Your version works well too - back to the drawing(key) board!   Posted: 08/28/2019 15:00:56

Kerstin Köneke   Kerstin Köneke
Ian, I love this picture. It looks very playful with it's fine glowing and flowing golden lines. Like some futuristic autumn flower.
Your way to get to this picture is what I like to do very often: Just playing/exeperimenting around with the digital tools given to us. They takes you to very much surprising outcomes. So I like the mono version and it's negative too.   Posted: 08/30/2019 12:40:31