Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC  

Soft Sunrise by Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC

June 2020 - Soft Sunrise

June 2020 - Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC


About the Image(s)

I did not feel that the original image had much merit, so I thought of exploring the Topaz Studio Texture suggestions. The Landscape Watercolor was the most appealing to me. Although I am not too wild over the various suggestions of Topaz, the texture and the softness it created in this image, appears to give the image some character.

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13 comments posted

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Joe -- a lot of nice elements for both pictures, especially in terms of composition. There's a visual tension between the pier and the atv; the pier forms a solid, visible line heading toward the right, and the atv "suggests" a line running also to the right with the vehicle's shadow adding to that line. The footprints in the foreground serve as a nice framing device, and the various bands of color and texture really add to the overall image. The texture and subtlety in the final gives a real water color feel. The original has a real life look to it while the final has about it a dream-like state. I enjoy going back and forth between the two pictures -- what would happen if you boosted the contrast a bit and added a dark vignette to the original? Either way, both pics look great! Very creative ...   Posted: 06/09/2020 10:55:09
Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Jerry, you are a romantic.
Well, here it is. But I may have overdone the vignette.   Posted: 06/09/2020 18:14:04
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Al Swanson   Al Swanson
The texture in your image as a great deal of softness and the vignette brings your eyes into the image. I took your original and brought it back into Topaz and played around with sharpness and different looks, finally winding up with peeled paint. I felt that sharpening the image and bringing out some of the details of the ATV help to tell the story of beachcombing. Don't know what you think?   Posted: 06/10/2020 10:59:54
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Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I was going to comment on the bringing out the details in the ATV as well. I'm not sure I like the texture used but it is interesting and the details are brought out nicely.   Posted: 06/10/2020 16:51:17
Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Thank you Al, I like your version. It has more character. I really do not know Topaz that well. I have to get some posters from you Marti.   Posted: 06/10/2020 17:56:22

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I agree with Al about the sharpness of the ATV and like his rendition of sharpening.
Joe - I like your use of the watercolor paper effect. I also like the sharpness in your redo. Could you put that on the watercolor paper? :)   Posted: 06/10/2020 16:54:18

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Marti, is this more to your liking?   Posted: 06/10/2020 18:09:37
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Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Yes it is.   Posted: 06/10/2020 20:02:33

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Joe I like your Soft Sunrise version with the lighter vignette. My first thought was that you needed to lighten the shadows to bring out detail on the ATV, but after seeing Al's version, that makes it all about the ATV and not so much about that mood that you have set. I love the soft coloring that you got out of Topaz. Topaz offers so many choices that it can be confusing, but I like what you have done.   Posted: 06/12/2020 14:46:15

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
This image brought out a lot of options from the members of the group, but frankly I prefer your choice after seeing them all. For me that's the beauty of having Topaz. I use it quite often. Well done.   Posted: 06/12/2020 15:54:22

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
I find the composition and processing fascinating. The pier and ocean provide timelessness to the image, but the ATV provides rip snorting readiness to explore the beach. The watercolor processing brings the objects together to create a peaceful image. I must explore Topas a bit more.   Posted: 06/13/2020 09:49:26

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Thank you everyone for your sharing and interest.   Posted: 06/16/2020 08:07:47

Elizabeth Mangham   Elizabeth Mangham
(Group 33)
Hi, I am visiting from group 32. I like the soft colors and the texture makes it look even more like a watercolor. No one has mention that the AVT is looking toward the edge and carries the eye to fall off the right side of the frame. I suggest that you reverse the ATV so that it forces the eye to stay in the frame. I think that you can use the tracks to fade out near the right edge and it then creates a nice diagonal to compliment all the horizontal lines.   Posted: 07/01/2020 17:39:02