Writing with Light

Forest Impressions & Topaz Detail

Sometimes you have your posts planned out in advance and other times you have to seize an opportunity that comes along and share certain things with your readers. Forest Impressions is an image that I made a couple of month ago when the fall colours were at their peak. I really enjoy creating these types of images, using long exposures and moving, shaking or panning the camera to see what types of effects I can create. I used a texture filter right in Photoshop to give this image its final look.

Click on the image to enlarge (it really looks better) or to Purchase a Print.

long exposure, trees, fall, autumn


About a week ago Topaz Labs announced the release of its newly revamped Topaz Detail 3 plug-in. As much as I wanted to take sometime and write a review of this new release, time just wasn’t on my side and I always want to try something before I pass on the information to you. On Friday I received an email from Topaz Labs letting me know that while the initial promotion period would be over on the 16th they were going to extend the 30% off promotion to affiliates only.  I took this opportunity to download the software over the weekend and really give it a test run.

As with other Topaz plug-in’s Detail is very intuitive and I was pleasantly surprised with its capability. The entire engine of the plug-in has been completely redesigned and the results are outstanding.  I dug into my archives from Italy and here’s the result.

Topaz Detail, Venice, Travel photography

Before Detail

Topaz Detail, Venice, Travel photography

After Detail

Topaz Detail, Venice, Travel photography

Before Detail

Topaz Detail, Venice, Travel photography

After Detail

Click on the images to enlarge and really see the difference. I love how subtle the changes are and how it just gives the final image that added punch that it needs.

The discount period has been extended for 2 days only, Monday Dec. 17th and Tuesday Dec. 18th. Use coupon code “getdetail” Topaz Detail retails for $39.99 but with this discount you get it for only $27.99 which is an absolute steal for a plug-in this powerful. Click here to getdetail.

28 responses

  1. Len

    I just love this abstract Edith. With my recent trip and Christmas, I haven’t upgraded to Details 3 yet. Thanks for the review.


    December 17, 2012 at 7:50 am

  2. I love the pictures and thanks for the review. This really does look like a much better sharpening tool/details enhancer than I’ve used up until now. I will definitely be checking this out. Thanks Edith.


    December 17, 2012 at 8:14 am

  3. Great work on the Forest Impressions, Edith. Nice result.

    I love Topaz’s products and use them quite often. Have yet to rty this detail plugin, but now seems to be the right time. Thanks!


    December 17, 2012 at 8:18 am

  4. Lovely abstract shot Edith! Sounds like a great deal on Detail also!


    December 17, 2012 at 8:36 am

  5. fantastic !. this is what I can learn from Edith….. two thumb up. Thank you


    December 17, 2012 at 9:00 am

  6. Very nice abstract, Edith. And the new Topaz feature looks interesting.


    December 17, 2012 at 9:24 am

  7. You are creating images in much the same way I do. Where you use camera effects, I use acrylics and we are coming to the same place from those two directions. Trees are a favourite theme in my work and the image above is very close to the type of painting I try to do.

    The edges between creative photography and brushwork meld into each other in certain areas and Forest Impressions exemplifies that.


    December 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

  8. Love the colours in the abstract Edith.


    December 17, 2012 at 9:56 am

  9. Lovely shots, Edith, but I have to say I really like the abstract photo. I ordered the plug in as soon as another blogger mentioned the promotion too, and I really am very impressed with it.


    December 17, 2012 at 10:18 am

    • Thanks Gracie. Glad you’re enjoying it. It really is quite good and you can’t beat the price.


      December 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm

  10. Beautiful abstract Edith. Wonderful colors.


    December 17, 2012 at 10:43 am

  11. I really love your abstract Edith! As you know I’ve been doing lots of them lately!
    I tried topaz adjust, but haven’t tried anything else yet of theirs. I usually use Nik. I’ll check out details though, thanks! 🙂


    December 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

  12. An excellent Pan, Edith. One of the real bonuses of Digital is you can shoot as many as you like at no cost until you get that one shot you are really after. I tried this technique early in the year in a wood and I must have shot about 150 images in half an hour. About 10 were usable!


    December 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    • Thanks Andy. You’re right I went through quite a few shots before I got something I was pleased with.


      December 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm

  13. Beautiful vertical pan blur Edith!


    December 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

  14. The abstract is really beautifully done Edith. I like the processing as well!


    December 22, 2012 at 9:08 am

  15. Beautiful photos and you’re right, the changes are really subtle. I usally saw so many photos that are too much “sophisticated”.


    December 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm

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  17. Excellent photography work. Keep it up.


    April 3, 2013 at 1:48 am

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