Desert Golfing: one of my favorite forms of relaxation. This is Mary taking her shot from the wash that she landed in.
This was processed with the Topaz products (deJpeg and deNoise), most specifically Topaz Adjust- HDR POP. Until I ran it through this filter, the interior was dark and unseen.
This is from our desert ride last Thursday. The vehicle is a a Pinzgauzer. The park owns a few of these and takes residents out for a free ride once a month during the high season. FUN!
Per Tammy’s suggestion, I decided to re-process this one. This time I ran it through de-Jpeg (noisy); then Topaz Clean Stylized. I then ran it through Topaz deNoise. Back in Aperture, I cropped it (and I changed the crop to fill more of the photo with the image, less of the sky); I increased the hue for the green and decreased the hue on the blue (although I debated this since I love how blue our skies are!). Finally, I dodged some of the rocks with the paintbrush. I also exported the image with increased resolution.
I left the original image so that you can why Tammy recommended that I run it through deNoise.
Wow! This new Topaz bundle sure is fun! Let’s see if I remember everything I did.
First… this is two photos. I processed each of these in Aperture before opening them in Photoshop Elements 6. I used the Topaz remask tool to cut out the longhorn skeleton heads. The original photo was taken back in January and the heads were resting on the usual gravel that appears in half my photos. I then ran the skeleton heads through Topaz adust to bring out the details and then placed these on a layer in the backround image. I decided the background was too dominate, so I made a copy and then reduced it to 75% opacity.
I then decided that it needed a frame to tie it all together, so I followed (well sort of followed) Doris’ instructions on how to make a frame.
Then I imported it all back to Aperture and added the signature before exporting out in .jpg format. I discovered that my plug-in software for the signature wouldn’t let me place it high enough in the photo to appear on the photo… that is why it is on the frame. Let me know if that bugs you.
I suspect I may have done a few other things to the photos but it has taken me several evenings to do this. I shall start keeping better notes.
I had a wonderful bike ride this morning… lots of surprises. This is the first time I’ve ever seen this critter… turns out to be a round tailed ground squirrel… Carl figured it out. I suspect I wouldn’t have noticed him if he hadn’t stopped on top of this gray manmade structure.
I couldn’t believe that he stayed put long enough for me to focus the camera and that the zoom on the camera let me capture the animal as clearly as it has. Moreover, I didn’t have a tripod. So, lucky me.
Right after he ran away I turned around and a coyote was running past me about 20 feet away. Beautiful animal (especially running past and not at me).
At least there were no snakes today.