Robert H. Treman State Park
Robert H. Treman State Park
Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
After a long list of Autumn images from my previous weekend excursion I thought I would end the week on a slightly different tone. I returned to vacation at Walt Disney World to find this one of the Casey Jr. Splash and Soak station in the Fantasyland section of the Magic Kingdom. If I am remembering correctly the rains had stopped briefly and I was running around grabbing images with as many reflections in the water as I could. I loved the blue hour sky blending perfectly with the colors of this area…
Frontierland, Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World
I have been working on a way to process my Disney images to look like a painted postcard. I tried a watercolor look and originally was working in that direction, but I think I finally found the process I want to use. I’ll admit, I’m no painter and I don’t believe my skills with Photoshop or Illustrator warrant me even attempting something in either of those applications.
I have owned the Topaz Labs suite of applications ever since I won a contest on Google+ six or seven years ago. The latest version, Topaz Studio 2, has a lot of ways for me to release my creativity. I only had to get past the fact that I am using the tools at my disposal, which include my camera, to present images the way I see them in my head. Even when that vision wasn’t completely clear.
Here is a scene along the Rivers of America in the Magic Kingdom…
Squared – SQ135
Letchworth State Park
I have been fascinated with the Prisma app for the way I can change a photograph into something different. My issue is the app is only for my phone. I have been working on utilizing Topaz Labs Abstraction plugin which is now incorporated into their Studio 2 program. My hope is I can arrive at an image that looks like a watercolor painting.
This is one of my early attempts. The original image, New Bridge, was captured last year at Letchworth State Park. I still have some refinements to the process I need to try but I think I am getting closer…
Pixley Falls State Park
Yesterday was full of activity. I made my way up to the Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts in the morning and was able to squeeze in a trip up to Pixley Falls State Park in the afternoon. I should have been completing something for work but it was too damn nice out to be thinking that way… LOL
I came back from Pixley Falls with some great images. I was finally able to get an image of the main falls without any people in the scene. I processed the image normally but thought I would try something different. I watched a video Saturday night from Pat Saizan Photography on her workflow to create a watercolor image from one of her photographs. I really liked what she created.
It has taken me a couple of tries today to create something similar and I think I still need some more practice but it was fun learning a different technique. Normally I would use one of my plug-in applications but this new method allowed for more control over the final product. I’ll try not to overwhelm everyone with this new “art” I’m creating… 🙂
Disney Vero Beach
I am still waiting for parts for my PC. They are expected Thursday afternoon but I will have to reinstall the OS and all my apps before I am back to my photography haven. Itching to work on an image I scanned through the memory card on my backup camera (Olympus OM-D E-M10). I found this image of a tree I captured while on vacation in October. I transferred the pic to my tablet and processed the file with Snapseed.
Not satisfied my normal processing routine as I was looking for something a little different. There is a great app called Prisma which I have on my phone so I loaded it on my tablet and stared to play. This one below felt right for my mood last night…