Spotted this beauty today. Had to grab a photo, so we “borrowed” someone’s driveway, and I got a few photos before anyone spotted me (yes, they were home). Anyhow this is the US Coast Guard Cutter Fir, based in Astoria, Oregon. Her nickname is “The Bar Tender”, and her motto is: No Bar Too Tough, Too Rough, Too Far. If interested, you can read more about her here. USCGC Fir is down in Yaquina Bay doing some work with NOAA on buoy’s.
Four shots: I like the first because of the wake. I like the second because I got a slightly better placement.
USCGC Fir – original with wake
USCGC Fir – topaz spicify
USCGC Fir – original second shot
USCGC Fir – second shot, topaz blackrose filter
Wild Irises, shot along a walking path at Yaquina Head Lighthouse. First the original. The after, along with steps taken, is below.
Topaz Adjust / Spicify & Topaz Simplify / BuzSim
The idea came from a Topaz Flicker group and I modified the steps. Here’s what I did:
1. Duplicated the background layer.
2. Topaz Adjust / Spicify set to default settings. Click okay/
3. In PS, layer opacity set to 65 or there abouts
4. Duplicated background layer, moved to top. Topaz Simplify / BuzSim set to default settings, accept/click okay.
5. Oval marquee tool, set feather to 20. Selected area with irises, select inverse.
6. Copied selected area to new layer (command-J on Mac), layer mode to darken.
7. I copied (command-J) the selected area to a new layer and set mode to darken.
8. Deleted “BuzSim” layer and flattened all the layers.
Topaz: simplify: crisp edge
(borrowed the theme from the 366’ers)
Taken just a few hundred feet north of Sea Lion caves between Yachats and Florence in Oregon. I was standing on the west side of Hwy 101 and shooting to the north and east across traffic and road. The mist is the foggy mist we had that day.
Difficult to photograph, and I know my camera and I didn’t do justice to this luscious citrus. I tried 4 different settings:
- Automatic (washed out)
- Fluorescent: warm-white fluorescent, cool-white fluorescent, warm-white-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting (everything was super green)
- Fluorescent H: daylight fluorescent, daylight-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting (washed out)
- Tungsten (Tungsten, bulb-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting (shown above)
The “Tungsten” setting is very close to the actual colors. Without a fancy camera, I’m guessing it’s a bit hard to photograph anything in a store; and if they switch to LED lighting during their remodel, it might be harder yet. Still, they didn’t object to my taking pics, so I give them extra points for that. The only thing I did to the photo was Topaz Simplify: crisp edge.
Just a fun little photo of a wild flower my hubby picked for me. The flower is 1 inch in diameter, The pitcher is 1 3/4″ tall, and is from Austria, stamped “Jos. Bock WIEN-IV” on the bottom. All my hubby remembers is that his mom picked it up on a train trip his folks took through Austria.
The Topaz part: I applied Star Effects, and from Adjust 5:
- HDR grunge pop
- soft focus
- light vignette
The final finishing touch is using Mike’s tutorial on recessed borders (see, got the name right this time! HA!). Instead of doing it from scratch, I’ve learned to drag and drop from one photo to another in CS5 – it brings in all the special effects. Not sure if this can be done in PSE or not.