Friday, July 20, 2012

Using Topaz Adjust

Found this while keywording old photos in Lightroom and liked its simplicity and style.  I made this at the Palm Springs Air Museum in 2006 on a very hot day which made shooting the indoor antique car exhibits much more attractive than shooting the planes.

I opened the shot in Topaz Adjust and Topaz Clean, tried all kinds of setting,s and got nothing but frustration.  Before giving up entirely I began clicking "I feel lucky!" repeatedly until the above combination came up.

I like that it looks richer and sharper and sleeker with a tad bit of blue sky window highlights and my colored blouse reflection showing in the handle.  I would rather the gold part be a tad lighter and not so gold but I didn't know how to lighten it without bringing out the reflection of my legs in the lower third of the shot.  You can see that reflection in the original photo below.  You decide which version you like best!

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