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Dr. Jorgensen's Roses by Paul Smith

September 2020 - Dr. Jorgensen's Roses

About the Image(s)

With the "Lockdown", I have attacked boredom by walking my neighborhood in search of attractive flowers. Actually, I found quite a few. This Rose Garden was shot with my Canon 90D, ISO 100, Canon EFS 17-85 mm lens at 85 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 second. When I loaded this into PS, I added a Topaz filter to add a paintbrush effect.

6 comments posted

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Very nice use of Topaz to add a painted appearance Paul, I like it! I am curious as to which filter or preset that you used. Personally I have a few images where I have used Topaz Impression II followed by printing on Hot Press Bright paper. This mat finish paper, in my opinion, displays the "painted" colors better than a glossy photo paper. Just remember to switch to a matte black ink (instead of photo black) so that the primary colors of the blossoms project more.   Posted: 09/08/2020 17:04:41
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Michael, thanks for noticing the "painted" effect. Within Topaz II, I selected "MI Impressionist" look.   Posted: 09/09/2020 11:48:34

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
Two things stand out for me in this photo. First is the soft "painted" effect that you mention with the Topaz filter however I'm not familiar with that but I like it (now you've given me another task - to learn about a Topaz filter, and how I get it on my Linux system). Second is that I really like your selection of colors for this photo. I think what I see as muted yellows and soft greens really work well together and along with the "Topaz" effect create for me what is a very relaxing image. I think your focus is good with the softness in the foreground being enhanced by the bokeh of the background. I also appreciate that your lighting is not intense thus keeping the image on the "soft" side.

I wonder if the upper right corner is lacking of something of interest and might turning your camera a bit to the left bring in another flower or two.   Posted: 09/10/2020 13:39:40
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Thanks, Ed! Both Topaz and NIK Collection s/w have trial offers, with plenty of YouTube tutorials! Take a look   Posted: 09/10/2020 17:42:22

Jean Wu   Jean Wu
It is nice to add a painted effect in this image. The color is good too. The only suggestion I have is to pick one of the roses in this image as your main focal point and add light/saturation (use PS adjustment layers will do) to it that will make a different look.   Posted: 09/16/2020 11:54:52

Jeff Coyle   Jeff Coyle
I agree with Jean's comments. Maybe zoom in one of the best roses and leave the others out of focus. Then use PS/LR to darken the surrounding out of focus areas to highlight your subject even more.   Posted: 09/19/2020 08:29:33


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