Connie Reinhart  

Untitled by Connie Reinhart

August 2019 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

Last summer I was on a flower kick. Some of the images looked like paintings, so I worked in Topaz Studio to give them that look. This was entered into our Camera Club Salon last December. The judge deemed that it was no longer a photograph, and did not include it in his judging. He did, however, like it and encouraged me to more work like this. So this is my first foray into fine art photography.

It was taken with a Canon 5D Mark IV, Tamron zoom lens with studio lighting. Photo Shop CS6 cannot read my RAW images from the Mark IV, so I have lost the exposure data. In Topaz Studio I probably used AI Clear, precision contrast, precision detail, HSL color tuning, and whatever gave the painterly look.

8 comments posted

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Connie, your image is lovely and a very good example of what many consider to be "Fine Art Photography", in my opinion. The background is quite effective on it also. It does look like a painting, so whatever gave it that look worked for me.

If you are still using CS6, you might be interested in upgrading to Luminar at It is an inexpensive software that competes well with PS CC.   Posted: 08/01/2019 11:13:00
Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
In fact, I painted the background at a photo workshop last year. Using those little sample bottles available at hardware stores, I painted 4 different ones. I have Luminar, but have not used it much. Mostly I use CS6 to open images, then edit in Topaz Studio 1. Thank you for your comment.   Posted: 08/01/2019 12:28:34

Mary Hinsen   Mary Hinsen
Wow! Definitely a fine art image - and one you should be proud of.
It's an interesting debate: when is a photograph not a photograph, and is a fine art image still a photograph? We also have these discussions at our camera club.
I love the way you have interpreted your image - and I feel the background really compliments the shapes created by the petals and the wood.

On a side note, I'm interested that a lot of people talk about using Topaz. I have never used it and had not heard of it until I joined digital dialogue groups. I think I should take a look! I would be interested to hear what everyone finds it most useful for, and how it is different from Photoshop.   Posted: 08/06/2019 16:30:52

Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
(Groups 3 & 85)
Hi Connie, visiting from another group...
I thought your image was beautiful. And really interesting debate about when is a photograph not a photograph anymore. Well done   Posted: 08/08/2019 18:03:44

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
When is a photograph not a photograph? To me, this is a play on words. I'd prefer to differentiate between a documentary photograph and a photograph with added artistic value. Perhaps one could ask the following question: "Would I be willing to spend in excess of $100. to print and frame this image, and hang it in my living room, with my name on it?" (Providing it is my image!) While some might like to hang documentary photos (especially historic ones), most modern image decor goes way beyond documentary.   Posted: 08/09/2019 11:27:51

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Topaz is a set of plugin presets, just like NIK (Google, which is now by DxO Labs). You can also get it as a stand alone collection of presets, with Topaz Studio. It's the same stuff, but you don't have to open PS or Lightroom to access the presets. While there are a lot of plugins, my preference is Topaz BW Effects, Topaz Impression 2 (for painting effects), Topaz ReMask (for good selection), and occasionally, Topaz Simplify (I use it for line drawings and some 'hand' painting).   Posted: 08/09/2019 11:35:44

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
This is fine art, no doubt about it. I think you've done an excellent job with this, and there is not a thing I would change. Perfect!   Posted: 08/11/2019 12:54:49

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Thank you all for your very kind comments. Topaz Studio is my 'go-to' software for almost all my post-processing. But there are things that Photo Shop (or Lightroom) can do better. We are lucky to have many tools at our disposal for creating images. Now, here's another comment a friend made. He said he was glad that I don't sign my work. But I countered that the painters sign their work, so why shouldn't photographers? He gave no good answer, but remained adamant in his opinion.   Posted: 08/22/2019 21:45:14


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