Peggy Reeder  

Steeple by Peggy Reeder

January 2020 - Steeple

January 2020 - Peggy Reeder

Original 1

January 2020 - Peggy Reeder

Original 2

About the Image(s)

Original 1 shows the large landscape view that I was working from. It is not the exact scene, but was taken a few seconds later. Original 2 was my first editing effort in Lightroom. I thought it was fine and I was finished with it, but it was not really a stand-out image. Recently I purchased Topaz Studio 2 and ran some of my older images through it to see what it would do. This filter - although I don't remember the name - really jumped out at me. It's a little bit of a graphic style and lots of small details.

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7 comments posted

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Very nice composition, Peggy. The church steeple really pops out and the eyes are immediately drawn to it, and serves as a contrast between the natural and the artificial. The patterns and colors formed by the trees in their fall foliage makes for a really nice and pleasing image. As you say. it has a graphic look to it, but perhaps the blues are a bit too intense, unless that was by design. Maybe a little over the edge, but I wonder if this picture shows the church (and by extension, man) pushing for a place in the sun and struggling against natural forces, which are threatening to overtake and subsume.   Posted: 01/12/2020 08:37:27
Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Well, that's pretty philosophical Jerry! :)
  Posted: 01/20/2020 13:12:59

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I like the use of the preset. You do know you can adjust the presets, right? The composition is really nice and the white church steeple stands out among the colored trees. Jerry might be right about the blues being too intense. Overall, very nice interpretation and different from the plain photograph.   Posted: 01/12/2020 19:14:58

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
I just bought Topaz Studio 2 myself a couple months ago and have been engrossed in playing with the filters. I think that in general if one controls the extremes of the filters presented you can really enhance images by providing those optional backgrounds and grunges that make a photo spring to life. I used it in my entry this month and think that it takes the simple photographic image into a new dimension. Sometimes it looks too distorted, but that's in the eye of the beholder. In this case you have certainly altered the image from its original form. I think however that the distortion on the trees is just a little too much. The contrasts of the colors are just a bit harsh. But Keep on Working with Studio 2 because it's an enormously fun experience.   Posted: 01/23/2020 21:14:44
Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
I totally agree - it is fun!
  Posted: 01/26/2020 16:50:06

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
I cannot be as poetic as Jerry, but in spite of what has been said, I love these colors and the painterly effect you have created. Keep experimenting.
  Posted: 01/24/2020 19:25:54

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
I like the position you placed the church and cropping/cloning of other objects. The filter you selected is spot on For the image. I have to agree with Jerry on the blues being a bit bold. The church is blue and does not appear natural. I believe decreasing the blues, so the church is white will dramatically enhance the image.

I just returned from Imaging USA in Nashville where Topaz had a booth and was offering a screaming deal, but I didn't go for it:(. I am regretting it now.

After seeing what you have created with this filter, and all the images Marti has shown, I must add it to my collection of tools!!!   Posted: 01/27/2020 10:16:11