Calling For Spring + Another Freebie

I enjoy taking photographs as much as I enjoy processing them in Lightroom and Photoshop. During the winter months, when laziness take over, I spend my free time going through old files, processing and re-processing photos that have been taken some time ago. I take a lot of floral shots, and most of them were being processed the same way in Lightroom, so I created some presets which helped cut down processing time. I am sharing 2 of them here today. Continue reading here

Tulips in panorama

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

Occasionally, I find myself enjoying and loving the snow. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I take advantage of the rare moment of insanity and go out in the snow. I remember doing just that in January, as soon as it started snowing. I received a few odd stares from strangers because while everyone was rushing inside to hunker down until the storm passed, I braved the cold, wrapped the camera with my scarf and wandered around outside taking photographs. I did walk away with a few keepers that day. The building with a dome that you see on this photo is the Marche Bonsecours located at the Old Port in Montreal.

This photo was edited in Lightroom 4. I created a preset called Golden Sunset, which I used on this image (I will give it away as a freebie in the next few days, so stay tuned). Click on the photo to see the transformation.

Marche Bonsecours

Marche Bonsecours

Topaz B&W Effects 2 Is Out

As you all know, I am very fond of the Topaz plugin.  Awhile back, I purchased the whole bundle because I knew I will eventually end up using all of the plugin. Part of that bundle was Topaz B&W Effects, a nifty little plugin which I often use to convert my images into monochrome. Today, the new Topaz B&W Effects 2 came out and I was really excited because the upgrade is free to existing owners.

Two major improvements that I’ve noticed right off the bat.

 

  • The user interface has been revamped to give way to a much cleaner and user-friendly workflow.
  • The preset preview area is much bigger now and in my opinion is a much-needed update (the earlier version has a very small square preview window above the preset list).

I did process an image using the new plugin. This is a photo of the Montreal Olympic Stadium. This image is the unaltered version.  Click here to see the transformed version of this image.

Montreal Olympic Stadium

Montreal Olympic Stadium

{Texture Tuesday} The Downtown eDition

One of the joys of processing an image in Photoshop is the ability to work with layers and textures. It is incredible what you can can come up with when you mix an image with a texture. It is something that I enjoy doing because  the possibilities are just endless.

For today’s Texture Tuesday, I processed a photo which was taken during Fall. It was first processed in Lightroom 4. I usually do my adjustments there. Continue reading here.

Church textured with kk_edith

Church textured with kk_edith