Michael Nath  

Tree of Life (Ninja Topaz) by Michael Nath

May 2021 - Tree of Life (Ninja Topaz)

May 2021 - Michael Nath


About the Image(s)

Attached is my image for May for study group 93. The original image (LionOriginal.jpg) is from a Nikon D70 of a photo taken near the base of The Tree of Life at Disney World in Florida. The exposure details are 1/90s, F4.0, ISO 200, with an 18-55 lens set at 20mm. The Disney image is a bas relief carved into the wall of the approach to the feature. As you can see the original is rather pale and unobtrusive to visitors. I had recently purchased the Topaz software and was experimenting with the various filters available in their Impressions 2 package. My initial adjustments were with NIK Vivenza to adjust the overall exposure, saturation, and contrast (a separate layer). This was followed by duplicating the Vivenza layer and applying the topaz filter "MyCezanne II" to create a painterly appearance. After duplicating this layer, I applied a second topaz filter "solarized dreams III" where I deliberately pushed the effect almost to its maximum thus producing the vivid colors. I made no attempt at retaining any sense of reality as my 12 year old son found the colors fascinating.

1 comment posted

Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Your son is right!
Thanks for explaining your use of the various filters. That is helpful, because I have such packages but have yet to learn how to use them. Nice job!   Posted: 05/03/2021 15:00:03


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