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Time to Simplify

Over a month ago Topaz Labs released an update to its popular Simplify plugin – Topaz Simplify 4.  I updated the latest version when it was released but really didn’t have time to test it out although it was on my to-do list. Well I finally had a chance to try it out this weekend and I was really pleased with the changes that Topaz made to this plug-in.

Aside from some new adjustment sliders and the addition of an edge aware selective brush to dodge, burn, smooth and brush out effects they’ve also included over 100 new presets.

I decided to try out some of the new presets with an image that I felt was just “ok.” I wouldn’t have normally posted this image because I feel there are too many things wrong with it but I really like how Simplify helped me salvage this image. With each of these presets I’ve also used the adjustment sliders to adjust contrast, saturation, curves, etc, depending on what I felt the image needed. Let me know what you think.

If you already have Topaz Simplify and you haven’t upgraded then what are you waiting for…it’s a free upgrade. If you don’t have Simplify then you can download a free trial from the Topaz Labs site…here. If you decide to purchase the plug-in then you can use the discount code ELPHOTO to receive a 15% discount.

Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Tobermory, rocky shore

Original RAW Image

Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Tobermory, rocky shore

Topaz Simplify – Watercolor Preset

Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Tobermory, rocky shore

Topaz Simplify – Oil B&W Preset

Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Tobermory, rocky shore

Topaz Simplify – Dynamic Boost Preset


SEA-nic

It pays to get out early, even when the forecast the day before says its going to rain. You never know when Mother Nature will smile down on you. While the title of this post suggests otherwise, this is actually a bay…Georgian Bay to be exact. Georgian Bay is referred too as the 6th Great Lake but in the 1800’s a decision was made that it should be part of Lake Huron. While it acts like a Great Lake, creating its own weather, waves and current its separated from Lake Huron by the Bruce Peninsula.

That is a natural color variation in the water. I did use a 2-stop ND Grad to darken the sky.

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Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Tobermory, Georgian Bay


Puddled Reflections

Here’s another image from Little Cove in Bruce Peninsula National Park. The ripples you see in the dolomite bedrock are called conchoidal fractures. Conchoidal fractures are a curved breakage on the surface of the bedrock which occurs over time from the crashing of the waves. The resulting effects are ripples in the rock that create pockets of water.

Little Cove, Bruce Peninsula National Park, conchoidal fractures, Ontario,


Forest Mist

I’d like to thank everyone for the responses to Monday’s post, asking for your opinion on either the colour or black & white version of “Swirls.”  So what did everyone think?

66% liked the colour version

22% liked the B&W version

9% liked both.

It looks like the color version was a favorite. Thank you again for taking the time to visit and providing your feedback.

On to today’s images. The start of our Tobermory weekend was, how shall I put it…soggy. We had to delay our start on the first morning because of the pouring rain. When we did finally head out, close to an hour behind schedule, the rain had subsided. It actually subsided up until we parked the cars and were ready to start hiking. That’s when the sky opened up again. Our workshop leader and photographer, Ethan Meleg, quickly put plan B into action…we would hike to a wooded area where we could at least get some shelter from the rain. This provided another photographic opportunity.

There was this wonderful mist in the air and the the rain and dampness made the colors of the forest pop.

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Tobermory, Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, mist, forest, trees, nature

Tobermory, Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, mist, forest, trees, nature

Tobermory, Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, mist, forest, trees, nature


Tobermory – Black & White or Colour?

I took this image last month while attending Ethan Meleg’s workshop in Tobermory. This is a single exposure shot with my 10 Stop ND filter. I processed it initially in colour (which I was pleased with) but thought it might work well in B&W. Now I can’t decide which one I like better. Or really the question should be “which one works better?”

Would love to hear your opinion.

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Tobermory, Ontario, Bruce Peninsula, Landscape, Georgian Bay

Tobermory, Ontario, Bruce Peninsula, Landscape, Georgian Bay, monochrome


The Grotto

The Grotto is probably the most popular attraction at the Bruce Peninsula National Park. This large cave on the shores of Georgian Bay has been carved out by the waves for thousands of years. Getting to it was tricky as there are no signs nor are there any stairs or guard rails that hint to its location. Luckily, our guide, photographer Ethan Meleg is an old hand at this. Guiding us through a natural chimney made of rock, we climbed down and greeted by the most beautiful and pristine blue grotto.

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grotto, blue, bruce peninsula, tobermory, landscape, beach


Taking Off

Back at Halfway Log Dump beach in Tobermory today. I was setting up for this shot when this seagull decided to take a rest on this rock. I was firing off some shots when he suddenly took off having had enough of the paparazzi. I really liked the effect of the wings flapping as opposed to the stationary look.

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Bruce Peninsula, Tobermory, Bruce Trail, Halfway Log Dump, beach, seagull, landscape


Touching the Clouds

As I mentioned earlier this week, I attended a landscape photography workshop with photographer Ethan Meleg this past weekend. Before I go any further, if you haven’t checked out Ethan’s work yet please do. Honestly you’ll be blown away. Aside from being a very talented photographer he’s an amazing teacher, tour guide and all around nice guy.

The workshop took place in Tobermory and the Bruce Peninsula National Park. Tobermory is part of the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario – a strip of land separating Lake Huron from Georgian Bay.

The biggest challenge last weekend was keeping my equipment dry as it rained off and on all day Saturday. Although there were moments of brilliance when the sun peaked through the clouds every so often. It’s been a hectic week and I’m still working on processing all my images but here’s one from Halfway Log Dump on Lake Huron. This beach with pristine waters was were harvested logs were dumped in the winter  and then floated to sawmills in the spring…hence it’s name.

I used my 10 stop ND filter for this long exposure.

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Rocks, Halfway Log Dump, Lake Huron, Tobermory, landscape, long exposure