Category Archives: Photoshop 2015 – 2016

I Have A New Toy!

I have a new toy!

It’s called Adjust. It’s an awesome little addition to Photoshop by Topaz Labs. I won a copy of Topaz Adjust at the Kansas Professional Photographers Association Fall Expo back in September.

I finally was able to, with the help of D, get it downloaded and installed last night. Today I had a little play time with it and as I explored some of what it can do I pulled up a sunrise image from a recent visit to #4’s farm.

A few tweaks and a slight adjustment or two and we now have an image I have titled Magic Morning.

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I can see that this is new toy is going to become a very useful tool; once I learn how to use it!

Big thanks to the KPPA board members and everyone else involved in putting on the Fall Expo. I had a great time and learned a few new things too.

Now to get ready for the next KPPA event. I think Topaz is going to be a big help with that!

Cowboys, Kids, & Complications

More from the fair!

One of the last events I attended at this year’s county fair was the ranch rodeo.

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1/640 – f/7.1 – ISO 800 – 55mm
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1/640 – f/7.1 – ISO 800 – 250mm

Yes, in the dirt again!

Several teams of cowboys competed in four events and worked hard to rope, and sort, and doctor, and trailer those cattle.

The kids even got in on the act and worked hard to chase down the calves and remove ribbons from their ears and tails to win a prize!

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1/800 – f/7.1 – ISO 1600 – 131mm
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1/800 – f/6.3 – ISO 1600 – 100mm
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1/800 – f/6.3 – ISO 1600 – 171mm

The only one, or thing, not working hard was the lens I had chosen to use that night. It seems that it is having some kind of complications and just doesn’t want to focus.

Those complications left me with images that I thought were going to be unusable. The focus was much to soft and  they were going to need a large amount of work. If I could save them at all.

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1/800 – f/6.3 – ISO 1600 – 123mm
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1/640 – f/6.3 – ISO 3200 – 55mm
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1/400 – f/5.6 – ISO 3200 – 154mm

I sharpened everyone of those rodeo shots the best I could using Camera Raw and then again in Photoshop. I used the sharpening sliders, I added contrast, I used the clarity slider, I used unsharp mask, I used a highpass filter, I added more contrast…. Well it all helped to sharpen up the focus but boy did it do a number on the colors. And oh the blown out highlights it caused!!

Yuck.

But then inspiration struck amongst all these complications and I hit on an idea.

After running a couple of pre-set actions, one including a black and white conversion, I had something that I kind of liked.

Well they aren’t the best rodeo images ever created but I think I’ll keep ’em.

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1/500 – f/6.3 – ISO 3200 – 240mm
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1/500 – f/6.3 – ISO 3200 – 250mm

Hmm…. Maybe I need to start one of those “go fund me” things for some new equipment. Anyone know how those work? 😀