Too much going on for anything but a quick post. In this case, a quick treatment of the full Moon I shot on July 9th of this year.
The P900 continues to surprise and frustrate me. I can and often do get great photos . . . and then the camera will screw a few of them up, usually ones I would have wanted. I mean, it’s the camera, right? No way it’s the operator, right?
Anyway, that’s not a bad photo of the Moon, but the problem with the full moon is that without the terminator (the transition between the light and dark parts of a non-full moon) you just have a bright disk with few features.
“So?” you ask.
So, Topaz Studio just had an update that added the Detail module to the program. I already own the plugin, so the update was free for me. Because I wanted to try it out, I picked the above photo to play with.
Before jumping on Studio, I played with settings in Lightroom. A few sliders were thrown, a couple of values tweaked, and . . .
By the way, as usual, WordPress degrades the photos. Click on the phots for what I actually uploaded. There is no SmugMug gallery as there’s no advantage to looking at the full-size versions. There is a gallery at the end that’s handy for comparing versions.
OK, I call that my baseline . . . not great, but not terrible either. The point here was to make quick adjustments to see what I could get with little effort. Here’s the Topaz Studio version. This includes adjustments using the Details module but also the regular adjustments included with the free program.
I was fairly pleased with this. It brought out structure where little was visible in the original shot.
Structure . . . Silver Efx Pro 2 (another free program) has settings specifically addressing structure. Hmm . . . let’s see what it can do.
Well, crap, that also looks pretty good.
I use ON1 Photo Effects 10 a whole lot (also free) so I gave it a spin and pushed it a bit more to see if I could give the photo a near three-dimensional look to it.
Well, at this point, I felt I’d not given Lightroom (not free) a fair chance, so I tweaked the Lightroom version a bit more.
I tell you, it’s not so much that one looks significantly better than the others; it’s that the subtle differences each have positive and negative attributes over the others. I guess it depends on how one feels at the moment. One might like one now but like a different one ten minutes later.
At least, that’s how it was for me.
Here’s the gallery of the versions in the same sequence as above. If you have comments, please, feel free to leave them below.
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