Playing with January 2016 on the Palmer Divide

Building on the PREVIOUS POST, I’m going to play with the yellow house panorama. Now, I know some people are not partial to manipulated photos, and that’s fine . . . just enjoy the previous post. 

However, there are some interesting and visually pleasing effects that can be had with just a few keystrokes and/or mouse clicks. As a person not making a living at any of this I do the following for amusement and enjoyment, but I can see how some of it could be used in advertising, as blog headers, or accompanying articles and blog posts . . . much as I do here.

By the way, you can click on each photo for a larger view; 1280 pixel for the longest dimension) or go to the SmugMug Gallery HERE where you can choose to view the original size photo (9000 x 3300 pixels) by clicking on the ‘size’ icon on the lower right. I added these at the end of the gallery.

Note: because they are highly processed, some photos might not look that great at the original resolution. X3 is probably the best resolution for most of the following shots when viewing them in SmugMug. Also, I should have picked a portrait-sized or square photo for those who have smaller screens. My bad. If you just want to look at the photos, I added a gallery at the bottom of the post. The gallery will automatically size the photos to fill the screen.

We begin with this shot. 


Let me add some texture using the Topaz plugin (again, click for larger version in a new window or tab):


Interesting, but what if I want more drama?


Too harsh, right? Perhaps Topaz Impressions will help with a Chiaroscuro effect.


Say, you know what I like about the Impression plugin? The Da Vinci sketch filter.


But, let me take the original, dramatic, and sketch versions, bring them into Photoshop and play with blending the three in layers . . . 


You know, not bad. Let me see what cChiaroscuro does on the above . . . 

20160109_DSC3142_1_DSC3142H_DIGIMeh! Nothing that makes my soul soar . . . if I had a soul and if it could soar. 

Let me grab the other panorama (it looks like the first one, but it’s not).


You’ve already seen the B&W version . . . 


Not a bad effort, and I do like it . . . BUT! . . . take the sketch effect I came up with:


. . . bring them both into Photoshop and once again play with different ways to blend the layers, bring it back to Lightroom and apply my High ISO B&W saved preset, and  . . . 


I wish there was a filter that gave me this with one click; I like this look. 

Topaz Impression has a couple of settings I like for the whispy and ethereal looks they produce.  



Remember a few posts ago when I did the “night” treatment? It’s a combination of successively using Topaz Restyle, bringing the result into Photoshop and combining it with the original to get me this:


Well, use Photoshop to combine the above with the sketch version, then with the B&W version, and you get this:


Now, I can also take the night version and add a few sparkles, blend it with the sketch version, and get this:


I could see that on a postcard . . .

Take the above, and blend it back with the original, and you end up with this:


I really like that effect. Again, wish I had a preset I could choose with just the click of a mouse. 

Now, because I picked all panorama shots, I’m gonna do something I don’t like doing . . . all the shots in a gallery. Why don’t I like galleries? Well, they used to register viewing each photo as a view on the post. I had one gallery that registered almost 400 views for the post, but really, it was only about 35 people who looked at the photos. I don’t know if they fixed that . . . I guess I’ll find out. 

Note: WP still has not figured out how to decently present photos. For the best rendition, you should click on the individual photos above (or go to SmugMug). The gallery (below) will present a convenient slideshow but will give you a “softer” version of the photos. Don’t blame me for it; I’ve been bitching at them for years, hence why I seldom use it.

Click on any photo below to open gallery

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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10 Responses to Playing with January 2016 on the Palmer Divide

  1. I love the third one! This post reminds me of a children’s book, The Yellow House, I use to read to my class when I was Pre-K teacher a few decades ago! You’ve made me smile…


  2. oneowner says:

    I don’t know if it’s possible to incorporate a plug-in into a Photoshop action but it sure would be nice if you could. Either that of try to do what the plugin does using just Photoshop and incorporate them into an action. I write actions for the Museum for some consistent manipulations that apply to a large number of files (such as resize for web and adding watermarks if necessary and such things) so I’m a big believer in actions to try to achieve a consistent look over a number of files in a short amount of time.


    • disperser says:

      I use actions when I can, but the photos themselves don’t always take to actions the same way. Plus, as I mention, I often start on Lightroom, go to onOne, bounce back to Lightroom for a few tweaks, go to topaz or Photoshop, then back to Lightroom.

      I would need a Master Action to Rule Them All.

      . . . and we know that ends in a Mountain of Doom.


  3. I enjoy your manipulated special-effects played-with photos! They are cool!
    The original photo is great as the yellow, and bit of red, really pop out of all the white!
    But, I, also, like photo #5 AND the latter ones that have a lot of blue in them! The blue ones are so Winter-y and Nighttime-y and beautiful! :-)
    HUGS!!! :-)


  4. AnnMarie says:

    Oh, no . . . a way-too-many-great-photos-to-pick-a-favorite post! Because I tend to want to pick the best one, you know. Now I cannot. Not to worry (me, not you), I’m off to SmugMug to look at all my favorites!

    P.S. Great job, bro!


    • AnnMarie says:

      I changed my mind now that I looked at them in SmugMug. I just can’t help seeing the words “Season’s Greetings” in red over the foreground snow in the second to last ‘blue sparkle’ version. That’s the one that got most of my attention. Bellissima!


    • disperser says:

      I did work on that with the idea of making it a greeting card. It does show better on SmugMug.


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