Post Processing Fun and Games
Armed with a mac and a few bits of clever software it’s interesting to see what you can do. I’ve been using Photoshop Elements for a while now, and have also had some fun with Photomatix HDR Light. I’ve also been trying out an awesome new tool, this being Topaz Adjust. It allows all sorts of post-production effects and, because it’s a Photoshop plug-in, can be used in conjunction with all the other neat tools. I’d like to share my initial experiments with you, most of the base images you will have seen on this blog before – but not like this!!
When I went fishin’ on Saturday, the place I parked in was next to an ambulance garage. There were rows of them parked up there, in varying flourescent liveries. This shot, like all the others, was taken in raw format, then fed through an HDR effect in Topaz Adjust, with a change to the curves in PS and some adjustments via a layer to the green, yellow and reds.
Above is a shot of a covered walkway at Great Fosters, a hotel in Surrey. This is a great rendering, and I particularly like the tone of the flagstones.
Above: From Saturday’s set, another green picture! This is one where I used an HDR type effect on a single exposure and I rather like the result.
Above – an evening shot of the Norman gate and Cathedral Tower in Bury St Edmunds, this time with an added contrast adjustment which really draws out the darkness and dirt accumulated on the stones.
Above – The Head of Steam real ale house adjoining Huddersfield Rail Station. More beautiful honey coloured stone. I initially thought the people walking into the shot on the right were a nuisance, but their bright Asian clothing and the fact that they are almost all sporting the same colour makes it rather nice.
Above – I find this really stunning. This, for those of you who have not read my previous ramblings, this carbuncle is the St Peter’s Building in Huddersfield. Formerly a YMCA and then student halls of residence, it has now stood abandoned for years slowly decaying whilst still dominating everything around it. The light in the photo and the detail of the millions of bricks is stunning.