Blue Iris Watercolor


The garden is filled with blooming irises.  I used a watercolor effect on this photo.  I watched a video on YouTube by TopazLabs.  I usually use a Topaz Simplify preset and then adjust to my liking on a painting effect.  This time I used only the sliders to gain the look I wanted.  You can watch the video at:  It is very short and easy to follow.  The important points were: stick to the simplify sliders, stay away from the details and feature boost sliders and adjust the edge strength.  I rather like the result and didn’t dodge or burn this photo.  Hope you like it!


Apple Blossom Macro


More fruit blossoms!  This is an apple blossom from our Fuji apple tree.  I shot this with my 100mm lens and it was hand held.  Settings were: f/5, 1/1000 sec., ISO 100.  Just adjusted levels and added a round of Topaz Detail.  Hope you are having a great weekend!


Tulips are just starting to bloom here.  I processed this in PSE6 with adjusted levels, sharpened and then high pass sharpened again.  Topaz Adjust was applied and then a layer of Smart Blur at 50% Opacity was applied over that to soften the grunge look a little.  Hope you like it.  Have a great weekend.

Topaz Adjust beta 5

Here’s another photo processed through PE6 and Topaz Adjust beta 5.  I have really enjoyed being a beta tester for Topaz and this new Adjust version is really something!  There are a ton of presets including cross process and Lomo settings, cool and warm settings and grunge settings, too!  I think that users are going to be very happy with the new version of Adjust.

Settings for this photo were: f/11, 1/60 sec., focal length 55 mm and ISO 200.

Flower Arrangement

A simple little arrangement of roses and rosemary from my garden.  Processed in Photoshop Elements 6.  I used the lasso tool to select a wide area around the vase and flowers at 50 px. feather.  Press Inverse and add Gaussian Blur.  Used soft white brush to vignette the edges.  Photo was shot with available light and no flash.  Camera settings: f 2.8, 1/30 sec., focal length 100 mm, ISO 1600.

Dutch Iris

Blue Dutch iris in my yard.  Processed in Photoshop Elements 6 with a high pass filter and burned.  Have a great Easter week everyone!!Camera settings: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, F/8, 1/100 sec., ISO 640, focal length 100 mm.  No flash.

Pink Tulip

I love this pastel pink tulip that has surprised me by returning this spring!  Processed in Photoshop Elements 6.  I used the lasso tool to choose just the blossom and ran a pale pink gradient on it to punch it up ever so slightly.   Then I ran a layer of Topaz Simplify cartoon (custom setting) and layered it on top with a Screen blending mode at 35% Opacity.   Some slight burning was done and the outline added.  Have a great day!

Camera settings: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, F/8, 1/400 sec., ISO 100, focal length 100 mm.  No flash.