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York Departure

I recently downloaded the Topaz Adjust plug-in that several of you use and have been having a play with it.

This was taken at the viewing balcony at the rear of the National Railway Museum at York on quite a dullish sort of day so I have used Topaz to bring out a bit more in the colours.

The "straight" version of this picture is going in to my Camera Clubs themed competition called Cityscape" this evening, I will let you know how it does.

York Departure

I recently downloaded the Topaz Adjust plug-in that several of you use and have been having a play with it.

This was taken at the viewing balcony at the rear of the National Railway Museum at York on quite a dullish sort of day so I have used Topaz to bring out a bit more in the colours.

The "straight" version of this picture is going in to my Camera Clubs themed competition called Cityscape" this evening, I will let you know how it does.

comments (12)

I quite like the way Topaz brings out the detail in an image Brian but I do think the sky tends to be overdone, I generally use two layers, one using the simplify pre-set for the sky and then use masks to merge the two layers. Like the subject in this, it is a few years since I was at the NRM, good luck with the competition.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Les, I've noticed what you say about the sky so I will heed your advice. So far I have mainly used the presets and tuned them up a bit, there is a lot to learn with Topaz i think.
What you've done is qutie effective
nice shot
cheers
Rob
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Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Rod.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 3 Mar 2009, 04:19
I like the effect Brian. Nice contrast between the flash train and the shabby railway surroundings.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Aussie, actually inside the station there is a wonderful sweeping glass roof that is held in high esteem architecturally as you can see http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/RAyorkST.htm
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 3 Mar 2009, 06:35
Good collection of colours
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment vintage.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 3 Mar 2009, 07:07
Aha more software to find and play with, and advice on how to use it...excellent. l like the effect you created
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment zed, unfortunately this one has to be paid for, but so far I think it is worth the cost.
Interesting Les's comment. It can overdo the sky and introduce a lot of noise. It has a built in nose reduction...but if you use it the processing is very slow. The good thing with topaz is the amount of adjustments you can make, some of which only you would know!
Brian Walbey: I'm really only trying the presets at the moment Bill with a few tweaks here and there. It is a package with all sorts of possibilities I feel, all one needs is lots of time to play.
I can see what you were trying to achieve Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Chad.
I too am still learning how to get the best out of Topaz for a given situation...its not easy ! So keep going Brian. I think this one has turned out quite good.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ron. There is a lot to this program and the possiblilites, I believe, are endless as I am sure you will agree.
I have never tried Topaz Brian. It does give an excellent result!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard. You can download a 30-day trial of Topaz but after that it costs unfortunately.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Mar 2009, 16:44
It works very well Brian: I'll have to think about using it myself sometime
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris, the only problem is that after 30 days you have to pay for this plug-in.
i should think it will do rather well Brian, the topaz does do a good job thoughsmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tim, it didn't do well, the judge wouldn't accept it as a Cityscape and precluded it from the judging. He also done that with about another 60% of the entry.
sure came out well. i love the skies and even the nondescript building in the background seems to stand out.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ayush and even more thanks for taking time to go back through my archive.

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