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The Photo Studio

Project 52 Entry #35

Back to Black Creek Pioneer Village for today’s post. Imagine my surprise and excitement when I spotted a Photography Studio as I was exploring this quaint turn of the century village. I headed over there before you could say “Cheese” but alas it wasn’t what I thought it was. It was a modern set-up were visitors can put on turn of the century clothes and have their portrait taken holding a gun or bottle of whiskey.

They did have a little display of some antique cameras (which by the way I love and collect). I felt given the subject matter I would give these both a late 19th century / early 20th century feel to them in post processing. Both images were processed using Topaz Black & White Effects.

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Tree at my Window

“Tree at my window, window tree,
My sash is lowered when night comes on;
But let there never be curtain drawn
Between you and me.”            

                                          Robert Frost

The poem…the image…just worked 🙂

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Topaz Labs – Star Effects – A Lighting Enhancement and Star Creation Software

Topaz Labs announced today that they have just launched a new plug-in…Topaz Star Effects. I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to play around with the beta version this week and this really is a handy tool to have in your post processing arsenal of tools.

Topaz Star Effects allows you to create unique star effects by manipulating and enhancing the various light sources within your digital images. With just a few clicks you can easily transform points of light within your image to create stunning lighting and star effects, supplement existing light sources, change or enhance image mood, add shimmering effects to things like water and jewelry, and much more.

Some of the unique features you can expect ot find in Star Effects are:

  • Selective Brush. Intuitive selective adjustment brush that allows you to select the light sources in your image that you want to add (or remove) star effects.
  • Star-Type Selection. Choose the type of star you want.
  • Star Stack-a-bility. Features an apply button allowing you to create various layers of star effects with different characteristics.
  • Color Adjustments. Allows you to adjust the color characteristics of your added star effects.

Star Effects has the same, easy to navigate, layout as the rest of the Topaz Labs suite. The beta version had 13 presets but more will be added. The presets are a good starting point but there are hundreds of variations to the effect you can produce by using the adjustments tools.

“Star Effects™ is the most customizable and inclusive star filter out there right now.  With adjustments like star type, glow, ring flare and color controls, the program allow for users to create effects from realistic sun flares and glowing water to more obvious, artistic additions,” said Nichole Paschal, Senior Marketing Specialist for Topaz Labs.  “Plus the ability to selectively add and remove these effects, in a single click, is easy to understand and an important aspect to Star Effects™.”

Here’s an example of 2 different ways you can use this plug-in. Click on the images to see a larger, more detailed version.

This is the original tonemapped version using 3 brackets

I used Topaz Adjust 5 in this version to make the scene darker and more foreboding.

Here I used Star Effects to add a sun flare through the trees

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This is the original shot. You can see the star flares on the lights leading up to the church which is a result of an aperture of f/22

Using Star Effects I added light stars on the church and the lamp post near the trees on the right.

Topaz Labs is offering a special introductory price of $19.99. Just enter coupon code “TopazStars” when purchasing.


The Greatest Remedy

Project 52 – Entry #34

We’re back at Black Creek Pioneer village. I shared a number of images from this terrific place before Christmas and I still have a few I want to share with you. Can you image a peddler steering this horse drawn carriage through a village selling his “Greatest Remedy” concoction. Good for both internal and external use….hmmm?

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The Print Shop

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year’s.  A quick post today as I’m heading out-of-town to Quebec City for some skiing and what else…photography. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather cooperates while I’m there. I’ve got a couple of posts lined up for the rest of the week and hopefully will have some shots from my trip to share when I get back.

For today a trip to The Print Shop at Black Creek Pioneer Village.


Laskey Emporium

Project 52 Entry #31

We’re back at Black Creek Village. In my last post we visited the The Saddler & Harness Maker which you can see here if you missed it. Today we pay a visit to Laskey Emporium, a general store in the traditional sense.

Here you can pick up dry goods, toys for the little ones or textiles to make a pretty dress…the Walmarts of its day. As I was standing inside the store I was just imagining how simple it must have been back then. Shopping for gifts must have been easy…..

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