Daily Photo Phix: Solitary

"Daily Photo Phix"

The sun was setting in a brilliant, warm tone and I was fortunate enough to be standing right in this spot.  Taken with a Nikon D5100 at f25 and 1/13 second.  ISO was set at a low 125.

The image was fine as it was, with beautiful reds and yellows running together over a steel gray sea.  But I was looking for something a little different, something more reflective of my mood.  In terms of the mood, I found myself focusing on the sole boat in the bay.

I ran the file into Topaz Labs’ brand new program, B&W Effects (which I’m evaluating for 30 days – so far, I like what I see and the introductory price is only $30.  For more information, see here.  Don’t forget to enter the code: bwandbeyond… if you’re thinking of buying it.)  I used one of the filter presets under the Sepia category.  From there, I nudged the program’s easy to use sliders and other adjustments to get this exactly the way I wanted.  Much like Nik program’s U-Point technology and Apple Aperture’s brushes, Topaz has introduced the ability to selectively add or take away adjustments.  The brushes are edge aware which is super nice.  Here, I brought up the water and added some shimmer to give it a bit of golden glow.  Finally, I darkened the edges via the vignetting tool.

We had seven glorious, perfect weather days on the beach, so expect more oceanside shots to follow.

Posted by Rey

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4 Responses to Daily Photo Phix: Solitary

  1. kara says:

    Gorgeous, Rey. And I was thinking about trying that Topaz bw, so it is very nice to hear how you feel about it. I may just try it!

  2. Donna McCommon says:

    I love this. Like Kara, I’ve been debating whether to add the Topaz BW. Looks like it is a real good deal.
    Donna

  3. Ed Spadoni says:

    This has such a smoky, moody feel to it Rey, it looks great. You should print and hang it prominently. Thanks for the tip about Topaz BW Efffects… I’ll be giving it a try. Ed

  4. Rey says:

    Thanks for all the comments. I’m continuing to like Topaz BW and will post more samples soon…

    Rey

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