Beverly Caine  

Street Musician by Beverly Caine

August 2019 - Street Musician

August 2019 - Beverly Caine


About the Image(s)

Enroute to the Charleston PSA Conference a few years ago, we stopped in St. Augustine and I caught this fellow playing for money. I thought I'd play with Topaz Studio 2 to enhance the original and this is what I came up with.

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13 comments posted

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
I'm glad you did this Beverly. I've created some images in Topaz Studio 2 recently that I liked better than the straight photograph, but someone in our local photography club said they were cheesy, even though a lot of people liked them.

As a result of his criticism, I thought I probably shouldn't show any of my Topaz Studio 2 photos here. But now that you've broken the ice, I may do it. I like some of the effects that can be created with Topaz Studio 2. And I like what you've done with this photograph. To me, it's more interesting than the original photograph.

Good job.   Posted: 08/11/2019 12:30:26

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
Thanks   Posted: 08/11/2019 17:09:46

I'm not particularly a fan of doing this to images. I think it depersonalizes the original and makes it not a photograph, but definitely art!   Posted: 08/11/2019 23:32:28

Rick Finney   Rick Finney
(Group 15)
Dear Beverly: I personally like your rendition of the musician. I too am playing around in Topaz Studio. Below is an example using AI Remix - Platinum Rose filter:   Posted: 08/12/2019 12:45:14
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Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
I like your image but don't care for the frame. I think the frame takes too much away from the image itself and would probably crop it out altogether and maybe use just a small stroke as a frame.   Posted: 08/12/2019 15:08:17

Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
To me this is not "street photography" but crosses into the genre of digital art.   Posted: 08/14/2019 16:17:56
Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
I'm not sure why "street photography" cannot retain its original title and be "promoted" so to speak to digital art. I get the feeling that you don't believe this belongs in a street photography group and I guess that's my question.   Posted: 08/14/2019 16:55:39
Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
Beverly, in my mind street photography shows stories of people in their natural environment and when editing is so extreme as to become the story itself, the photo is no longer showing a natural environment. In that case, in my mind, the photo is no longer in the genre of street photography. The comments here about your photo and your response to one are about the Topaz editing, To me the Topaz editing overshadows whatever story you might want to tell about the musician.

I've seen discussions on other street sites about the amount editing that is acceptable. As far as I know, none of the sites accept Topaz filters or other extreme editing as acceptable editing for street photography.

The members of this site need to decide whether such extreme editing is within the bounds of what is acceptable. I do not think it should be. But y'all may out vote me.   Posted: 08/15/2019 15:57:03

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
I personally, obviously don't have a problem with it. However, I do feel quite strongly when submitting this kind of work that the original should be included. However, whatever the majority feels,I will be happy to go with the flow so to speak.   Posted: 08/15/2019 19:01:30

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I'm not a big fan of this kind of post-processing (as Bev knows, since we've know each other in PSA for about 7 years). However, there's a ton of "street art", of all kinds, on various sites in the internet, including PSA. If you look at the original and the processed images, there's really no difference other than the Topaz processing. I'm in favor of allowing that - though the probability of you finding that done to one of my images is approaching negative territory.

All that being said, I like what you've done Bev.   Posted: 08/18/2019 21:27:36

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
Thanks Bill. As you know, I like to play and experiment. Not everything works out but this one fascinated me for some reason.   Posted: 08/18/2019 22:26:06

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
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Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
I agree with Ed. Street photography should be in it's natural environment. Not that the photo is not good-it is definitely a good rendition of artistic expression, but it is not street photography in my opinion. Taking pictures of "street art" (ie:graffiti etc) is part of street photography but making the "street art" yourself with plug ins is crowding the definition.   Posted: 08/19/2019 09:30:39