Alec Chester  

Water Tower by Alec Chester

July 2024 - Water Tower

July 2024 - Alec Chester


About the Image(s)

Attached is my image for July. I like urban views and have always been fascinated by New York City water towers. It strikes me as funny that modern building can supply water using the ancient system that’s, basically, a large cedar barrel. I liked this particular scene because of the multiple shapes and multiple colors.

I took the photo with a Canon EOS 5 D Mark IV at 1/320 sec, f/7.1, at 105 mm with an ISO of 100.

In Lightroom I enhanced it with changes in saturation, contrast and clarity. Then, in Topaz studio, I added a filter called “simplified overpainting” that removes some detail and gives it a look of a painting, somewhat.

Included is the original image without the filter.

3 comments posted

Zina Mirsky   Zina Mirsky
Yes indeed, it is a painting and well done! I like Topaz Studio for these effects. This is a thing of beauty and it comes at a good time, when our consortium of camera clubs is considering revising competition rules to address Generative AI. We have many arguments and Topaz is in the middle of many of them, as you can imagine!   Posted: 07/09/2024 19:26:10
Alec Chester   Alec Chester
Zina, I can see both sides of the argument about using filters, AI, changing the sky, etc. But, FYI: I recently had a show of my photos and the average person much preferred the ones that were manipulated in Topaz studio.   Posted: 07/10/2024 07:50:51

Zina Mirsky   Zina Mirsky
For sure, my preference is the same. I am such a beginner in all things photography that I admit to not fully understanding the "pure" perspective. But I do know what I like, and I like your work, edited or not!   Posted: 07/10/2024 07:54:21


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