I occasionally get bored . . . wait, check that. I occasionally have things on my mind and need to indulge in mindless and yet engaging activities. Some people might remember the October Flowers posts, one in color and one in B&W. Don’t worry, you don’t have to remember it or even look at it before engaging with this post.
Well, I up and Topazified . . . or is the correct term Topazed? Maybe, Topazinefied? Whatever, the point is I ran some of the color photos and the corresponding B&W photos through various Topaz plugins and filters.
I didn’t bother writing all of the filters down but, mostly, Glow, Impression, Simplify, Restyle, and Textures.
Here’s the B&W version of the same photo run through a different filter.
You can click on each photo for a larger version or go to the gallery at the bottom of this post. There is no SmugMug gallery because there is no advantage to looking at these at the pixel level.
I didn’t get too adventuresome with these. Just slid a couple of sliders here and there and poked a few buttons and bumped a few values. Mainly, I was looking for different looks that struck me as kind of interesting.
Of course, what’s interesting to me and what’s interesting to others can vary significantly. Honest, there’s no accounting for tastes, not even my own.
Some conversions seem bland and hardly worth the effort . . .
Others can achieve significantly different looks . . .
I don’t play around with the settings much. There are people who tweak things for specific effects, but I’ll click on a given preset and if it’s at all interesting, I’m usually done. Occasionally, I’ll try my hand at changing this or that variable, mostly to learn what they do, and not because I have something in mind when I start.
I’ve had a number of posts dealing specifically with Topaz plugins and some — like THIS post — are quite adventuresome. I might start with one plugin, modify the output with another, go back to Photoshop and blend the two versions and then run the results through yet another plugin. It’s like a mad chef just throwing stuff in a blender to see if anything good comes out.
I didn’t do any of that today, but that’s not to say that you can’t get some wild results just the same.
Many of the plugins work best with simple photos, meaning photos with one or two strong features.
That’s not to say you can’t do a busy scene, but it often lacks the same visual impact of a strong macro.
You can still get something interesting but it required more attention from the person looking at the photo, and we all know that these days people have short attention spans.
Anyway, here’s the last pair. These were actually the first ones I did, and then I walked back through the gallery (but I presented the photo in chronological order.)
I chose not to show the originals because they are in the original post, and really, these are a separate offering.
Here’s the randomly arranged gallery for this uncharacteristically short post.
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