OK, one more from Italy. I just loved the way this one turned out. I had processed it in Topaz restyle some time ago. But I added a suitable background and used watercolor brushes on the edges. I think I may have to get this on printed for MY wall.

Italian Alleyway


As I am learning new skills in Photoshop Artistry I have been going back through old files to look for things that would benefit from a different treatment. This image is from a 2010 trip to Italy. It was quite dark and required some serious levels adjustment to be usable. From there I just gave the edges a watercolor treatment, added some textures and an Italian stamp.

Red Chevy Cuba

redchevyI started working with my Cuba pictures again this week. I decided it was such a special trip it need a scrapbook all it’s own. And I had to leave a lot out to keep it down to 12 pages in my 2016 book. So This is one of the photos I loved but the colors of the woman’s clothing and the buildings were distracting so I decided to do a selective black and white.

In Photoshop, just go to Select, color range, and use the eyedropper to select the color you want and use the fuzziness slider to make sure you get all of that color. Then hit control J to make a copy of the color selection. Now you can apply a black and white layer to the main photo and let the color layer sit on top. In this case, there was some red on one of the building so I had to do a selection on the building the apply another black and white adjustment layer to that selection. Yep, it’s really that simple.

Rock Art


I’ve been trolling through old images looking for things to include in digital art pieces. I came across this one and just went WOW. It has been over saturated to bring out the colors but I love the contrast of the natural rock and the petroglyphs. Sending it out for printing on metal right away. I may have to order two because I know I want one hanging on My wall.

I’m seeing a series here. I’m seeing a show on the walls of some winery.



I stopped by Wrightsville Beach near Wilmington, N.C. yesterday and there were hundreds of surfers in wet suits. Not to many of them were actually getting up but the fellow did pretty well. I was challenged to photograph them as the sun was behind them. Then I thought to get up on the pier and had a great view from there. I added saturation and denoised this one and then sharpened it.



I was working on a web gallery of my Cuba images yesterday and came across this one that I hadn’t done anything with. I loved the colors of the paddle boats and the water but they were a little dirty and grungy so I decided to try a painterly treatment in Topaz Impression which I love. I also cropped in quite a bit to get rid of distractions in the background and make it all about the bands of color.

Green Chevy Havana


It’s true about the old cars in Havana. ¬†What they don’t tell you is that most of them are held together with chewing gum and baling wire. They also don’t tell you about the creative colors they have been painted. I stood for half an hour on the street trying to get a good picture by panning the cars as they went by so the background would be blurred but the car would be in focus. I finally succeeded with this Chevy from the 1950s. Just added some vibrance and saturation in post and did a little cropping.

Santiago de Cuba Street Scene


I’m just home from Cuba and I have a lot of catching up to do. This is the image of the week for the week of November 27. I haven’t had access to the internet for awhile. We were hanging out near Parque Cespedes the day before Fidel Castros ashes were to arrive in Santiago. This gentleman was selling shaved ice with some kind of syrup and no, I didn’t try one.

I went to Nik Color Efex Pro for detail and saturation on this one and just a little cropping.

Glendalough – County Wicklow,Ireland

GlendaloughBack when I lived in Missoula, Montana I took some classes at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. They had a sort of mantra “No, white skies!” In Ireland with it’s almost always cloudy skies this proved to be a challenge. In this image I had almost the holy grail of ancient site photography: A round tower, a celtic cross and the ruins of an old church all in one photo and the tower was framed in a window. Doesn’t get much better than that compositionally. But the sky in the upper corner was a very flat white. So, I turned to Topaz Texture Effects to help me out. I actually found several looks I liked but most were more monotone and I was grooving on the orange color of the lichens so I chose this one which gave me some color in the sky and a kind of crusty look which suited the old ruins well. And, of course, a nice purplely blue sky with texture