Group 15 Bulletin Board

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Thread Title: Topaz Sharpen AI

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi! I understood that Jeri was considering the Topaz AI Sharpen app. I downloaded first the free test version and was quite impressed with the results. My husband thinks that it is not that different from the built-in sharpening in, e.g. Capture one or Luminar, but his photos tend to be sharp and in focus to begin with anyway. I bought the app a couple of weeks ago and have been using it a lot, the only problem is that it is awfully slow. I would recommend to get the one mont free trial first.
Has anybody else experience with the app?
  Posted: 08/30/2020 11:57:35
Jeri Conklin   Jeri Conklin
Kristi, is the app on the phone? If so, is it hard to use on the phone due to phone size? Appreciate your information sharing. Thank you.   Posted: 08/30/2020 12:20:09
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi, I am afraid that it demands a computer to run.
Kirsti   Posted: 08/31/2020 14:52:55
Jeri Conklin   Jeri Conklin
Thanks Kristi, will check it out.   Posted: 09/01/2020 09:27:50
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I am an early adopter of the program and have acted as one of their beta testers. It is very slow unless you have a lot of memory and a powerful graphics processor - I do not. It does rescue some of my older images that were not quite there.   Posted: 09/01/2020 00:05:47
Jeri Conklin   Jeri Conklin
Thanks Tom. I will check out requirements. Does anyone know if someone makes a computer that is for photo processing only?   Posted: 09/01/2020 09:28:48

Thread Title: Image for Voima

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Group,
I am thinking of submitting this one to a national photo club competition on the theme "Voima". In Finnish, this same word is used for "Power", "Force" and "Strength". I started with an old portrait of a charismatic self-acclaimed shaman who posed in a photo workshop, and in Topaz 2 added a swirl and a touch of Abstraction 1 Look + Texture filter Scratch 16. I aimed for an impression of a benevolent all-knowing gaze that has the power to reach the swirling galaxies ...
Do you think this is any good? Any suggestions of improvements?
  Posted: 08/03/2020 02:05:54
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Jeri Conklin   Jeri Conklin
Kristi I like it because there is an energy force field around shaman and this is a nice representation. Also a process to use on my August picture that I sent Joan last week. Thank you for sharing.   Posted: 08/03/2020 08:52:49
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Kirsti, Your creative mind is wonderful. I think it would do very well in competition. My only suggestion might be to crop up from the bottom to not make it square but like an 8x10 size. I do not think the swirls down at the bottom are adding to the image. Bob   Posted: 08/15/2020 10:33:33
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thanks, Bob, again for great idea! The new crop works beautifully!
Kirsti   Posted: 08/15/2020 23:57:37

Thread Title: Please Use Our Bulletin Board

Joan Field   Joan Field
Since we asked for it, please use it. Any photography questions at all aside from our monthly comments will do. The monthly comments should be on ur regular comment section.   Posted: 08/02/2020 13:38:15

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