Archive for the ‘Nik’ Category

Fog on Mountains

Saturday, December 20th, 2014


It wasn’t much of a week for photography and I fear next week will be worse but I did get fascinated by the play of light and fog on the hills outside my window and ran outside with camera in hand for a few minutes. I did a little cropping and added some luminence and vibrance in lightroom.  Then I took it into Color Efex Pro and played around for awhile before deciding the Polaroid transfer filter gave me the look I wanted…complete with edgy border.

Wood Duck

Saturday, December 13th, 2014


I have wanted to see and photograph these beautiful birds ever since I knew of their existence. So, when I read that wood ducks like to hang out in Lithia Park in the winter I could hardly believe it. But I packed up the new camera anyway and headed right down there. I got out of the car to do a scouting trip and almost immediately did a 180 back to the car to get the camera because they were there.  I shot a number of frames of ducks on shore before they got spooked and headed into the water. But that was OK because I really wanted a water shot. Well, easier said than done. The cloudy winter light was flat and in order to get a shutter speed fast enough to stop the motion of the swimming ducks (those puppies move fast!) I had to crank the ISO up to 1600. This one was a little noisy and dull out of the camera. So, I applied some noise reduction and clarity in Lightroom. Then took it into Nik CEP for detail and brightening.  It still seemed a little off and I almost rejected this one for an onshore shot as image of the week.  But then I decided to try one more thing and took it into Photoshop to add a little saturation and that did the trick.  I’m still thinking to go back with the long lens and “big girl” camera as soon as we get a break in the weather.

Summer Flowers

Saturday, November 29th, 2014


It’s that time of year when it is hard to find a good weather window to go out and shoot and the over 5000 images I have in my files from this year are nagging at me.  So, this week I started the process of sifting through and deleting those with no redeeming value and processing those with potential. This shot from North Mountain Park back in August benefited from a little cropping and an impressionist filter from Topaz Impression.

Mount McLoughlin

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014


One of the things I’ve missed most in being away from Oregon is the beauty of the snow capped Cascade volcanoes. Southern Oregon’s own Mount McLoughlin has been looking pretty sad and bare all summer but now the snow has returned to the higher elevations and the Mountain is looking quite glorious on this rare sunny November day north of Medford. I did basic post processing in Color Efex Pro and that’s it.

Autumn Leaves

Saturday, November 15th, 2014


I had to take another trip to Lithia Park this week and it was still stunning though perhaps past peak. I wanted to share a macro image in contrast to last week’s landscape though I again had many beautiful images of both genres to choose from. Beautiful as these leaves were they were a little dirty and scuffed around the edges so it seemed appropriate to give them an impressionistic treatment. This served to soften many of the flaws. Before Topaz Impression I also put it into Nik Color Efex pro for detail and a center light.  I also did some work with the spot healing brush and content aware fill to eliminate some distractions.


Saturday, November 1st, 2014


I have been up to my ears in unpacking and feathering my new nest this week.  So, I came up empty on the image of the week front. So, this morning I decided to put everything else on hold and go for a camera walk. I had in mind an old barn I had seen not far from my house but it turned out to be too far from the path for a good shot. But not far away I spotted this beautiful old oak tree in the midst of changing for autumn and clinging to a few acorns. I slapped on my 500D closeup lens (thank you Charles Needle for that tip) and went to town. There were several good options but I thought this one did the best job of capturing the essence of fall acorn-ness. In post I cropped some to reduce bright sky on the edges, then took it in to NIK color efex pro for the usual treatments: detail, saturation, highlight on the acorn.  Back in Photoshop I cropped and darkened the corners just a bit more.

Autumn Leaf

Saturday, October 25th, 2014


Another week of moving with little time for photography.  I did pause for a few minutes to photograph this beautiful leaf.  I like the color of the moss it was sitting on but the detail was just too distracting so I ended up adding a texture to soften the background.  I think I could have spent more time on it but the boxes are calling to be unpacked.

Poppy Impression

Saturday, October 18th, 2014


Well, photography has been about the furthest thing from my mind this week as I have been busy closing on my new house and working out all the last minute bugs.  So, I had to pull something out of the archives to process at the last minute. This poppy was shot in April at the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens. It was a little too scruffy around the edges to work as a straight photograph but with the Cezanne II treatment in Topaz Impression it looks pretty good.

Day 100 – Buncom

Monday, October 6th, 2014


And so it comes to a close.  I shot this image at a wide spot in the road called Buncom which really just consists of 3 abandoned buildings. It was kind of grungy because I had to shoot through a dirty window so I thought “Why not take it a little further?” So I added a texture from the French Kiss Glorious Grunge collection.  I think it works with or without.  Tomorrow I will post my favorite image from the project and so thoughts about how it went, lessons learned, etc.

Day 98 – Vitus Vinifera

Saturday, October 4th, 2014


I took a little drive through the Applegate wine country this week hoping to get a chance to photograph some grapes.  This image or something similar has been in my mind every since I was in Italy and too sick to get off the bus when we stopped at a vinyard.  I’m hoping there will be many more like it in the next few years. In post processing I did the usual routine in CEP then took it into Topaz Impression for a light painterly treatment.