Dappled 2

Dappled evening light on my irises on the side of our house.  Processed by adjusting levels, applying Topaz Simplify buz sim (and adjusting the simplify level) and dodging and burning.

Camera settings: F/4, 1/200 sec., ISO 400, focal length 55 mm.  No flash.



One of my favorite flowers, cosmos.  I love their translucence and their tissue paper look.  Photo taken at local garden center.  This photo was processed with adjusting levels, applying Topaz Simplify watercolor adjusted and dodging and burning the result.

Camera settings: F/3.5, 1/75 sec., ISO 54, focal length 6.3 mm.  No flash.

Foothill Barn

Here’s a nice old barn in the Sierra foothills.  We went for a drive today and I loved this.  There is a bay horse grazing in the background.  I did replace the sky as it was heavily overcast.  Topaz Simplify buz sim was used, but I toned down the simplify component when processing.  I then did a  lot of dodging and burning.  Hope your day was a great one!

Camera settings: F/5, 1/320 sec., ISO 64, focal length 10.1 mm.  No flash.


This is one of my first irises to bloom this year.  I processed this by adjusting levels, highlights and burning.  Vignette was formed with the lasso tool with a 40 pixel feather.  I then ran it through Topaz Simplify buz sim and adjusted the settings there as well.  It was finished with a violet stroke outline.  Happy Easter everyone!

Camera settings: F/10, 1/800 sec., ISO 800, focal length 36 mm.  No flash.

Lone Cypress

Taken yesterday along 17-mile drive in Carmel, CA.  Adjusted levels, highlights and cropped.  Applied Topaz Simplify watercolor adjusted for contrast.  Extensively dodged and burned.

Camera settings: F/9, 1/200 sec., ISO 100, focal length 74 mm.  No flash.

Here is the unedited original:

And here is a close up of the cracked rock face.  You can see the tethers stabilizing the cypress tree.