Painting a Danish sunset (and a great Cyber Monday deal)

I love using Topaz Impression to create paintings of my photos - and there's still time to get it and all the other great Topaz products on sale!

Hi there folks - hope all my American friends had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving weekend, and well, I hope the same for everyone else too!  I just returned from 2 weeks in France and am making my way through a LOT of photos.  A whole lot.

I spent 3 nights in Montpellier (which you can read about here) and then 9 wonderful evenings in Paris!  As you have surely heard before (and hopefully experienced for yourself) Paris is just an incredible city.  I took over 5000 photos on this trip, 4000 of which came from Paris.  The city just begs to be photographed at every turn.

In other words, I have a lot of new stuff to add to my Top Photo Spots in Paris list.  I will let you know when it is updated.  I'm hard at work on that!  And rather obviously, I am going to have quite a few blog posts about France over the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

And since I have been traveling, I haven't had any time to let you know about the wonderful Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials that are out there right now.  One of my favorites is the current special from Topaz Labs, makers of Topaz Adjust, Topaz Simplify, and my current favorite, Topaz Impression.  (Click those to read my reviews)

The special is this: get their Complete Collection for only $249.99 instead of the regular price of $429.99!  That's all 15 products!  Whether you are interested in applying stunning photo enhancements or getting artsy and going for unique and creative artistic effects in your shots - this collection is for you!  I use their products all the time.  I highly recommend this bundle.

So here's the deal - it ends today - Monday, December 1 so if you are interested, check it out!  

This link will take you to the Topaz Labs store: http://bit.ly/1HP1CCy

Use the Coupon Code "BLACKFRIDAY2014" at checkout. And please note, the above link is an Affiliate Link, which is a short way of saying that if you use that link to purchase from Topaz, I will receive a small commission in return, which I invest in the ongoing costs of this website, and which helps keep the content flowing for free.  However, your price is the same.  And honestly, whether you buy it from my link or not, I still recommend you get their software, assuming your budget allows it.  It's that good.

Ok, enough about that for now.  How about a photo Jim?  Ok, here's a whole group of them.  I spent a couple of hours shooting an amazing sunset a couple of years back in Copenhagen, Denmark, and always thought it would look good as a painting.  So I went into Topaz Impression and did just that!  So, below are the "Before" images on the left, with the "After" image on the right, so you can compare the original HDR photo and the painted version.  It's all good fun for me, and I will do more things like this with my Paris photos. 

(click any photo to embiggen)

Thanks much for clicking by today, and enjoy your Cyber Monday!  :-)