Prague impressions

Prague impressions

A digital painting created using Topaz Impression, of one of the many beautiful scenes I found in Prague...

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

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

Today's post is 4 images from a marvelous sunset in Copenhagen that I took a while ago, but converted to paintings for your viewing pleasure (and a side-by-side comparison).  I think they look pretty awesome.  And there's a MASSIVE Cyber Monday deal going on at Topaz Labs, the makers of some of my favorite editing software - click on through for details!

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After dark in Central Park

After dark in Central Park

I just got back from NYC, and brought home a few images as well.  It's a great town for that, though you can read my thoughts on NYC in this post.  In short, I like it, but don't love it.  However, I really enjoyed wandering in Central Park and firing off a bunch of photos!  Check 'em out!

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Painting Montmartre

Painting Montmartre

Montmartre is a beautiful part of Paris, which is itself a very beautiful city.  Today's photo tour of Montmartre is done in honor of the great painters who once roamed the streets here.  I took a collection of photos and converted them to digital paintings!

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Painting Big Ben

Painting Big Ben

Today I share some images of Big Ben in London - that are converted to paintings, using Topaz Simplify.  Take a look and let me know what you think!  It's been a great app to experiment with!

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Contemplation

Recently we popped over to The Blanton Museum of Art to check out their Renaissance exhibit, which is fabulous.  I really enjoy going to a museum and observing the various types of interesting things they have on display.  I am a big fan of the Renaissance (who isn't really?) but I appreciate other styles as well.  When I walked into this gallery, I immediately noticed the gentleman sitting there, seemingly contemplating the work of modern art hanging in front of him.  Or maybe he was tired and isn't a museum type.  One thing I find a little frustrating is that they allowed me to take some shots on the tripod in the lobby and downstairs, but would not allow a tripod into the exhibits upstairs.  I understand the "no flash" rule and appreciate that (and abide by it), but it makes no sense to me why I can't take shots from my tripod.  I am not sure what they hope to accomplish with that rule.

This is a single exposure taken at f/7.1 for 0.6 seconds.  Exposure bias was -1.0ev and the ISO was 100.  I made some minor adjustments in PSE, mostly around Contrast, then smoothed it out a little in Topaz Adjust and finished it in Aperture by straightening a little and fixing a couple of minor blemishes.