October 2017 Flowers Topazified

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. 

For instance:

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.

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


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12 Responses to October 2017 Flowers Topazified

  1. AnnMarie says:

    During the past few months, I have been enchanted by your Deep Dream creations and I forgot that you Topazify! I have to admit that I prefer the results you get from these processes, and that’s perhaps because they have the artwork/painting look that I so enjoy.

    Granted, the Deep Dream is wildly creative and does all its own thing. But, I like to see the results of your creative efforts. Yes, I understand that sometimes it’s only about choosing a plugin and a setting and the final image is very pleasing. But, when you get the creative bug and begin tweaking here and there, purposely choosing what to do, and having some sort of intention as to how you want the final image to look . . . then those resulting masterpieces all point back to your creative “mad chef” genius!


  2. OOH OOH OOH!!! (Can you tell I’m excited?!)
    I love these photos…so beautiful, artistic, and a joy to look at!
    Excellent job, Emilio!
    HUGS and Happy Friday to you and Melisa!!! :-)


  3. whilst reading the first sentence of the post I fully expected this

    I occasionally get bored . . . wait, check that. I occasionally have things on my mind and need to indulge in mindless and yet engaging activities.by reading the posts of ElBoB

    Damned if I can get any worthwhile publicity


  4. WandaFaye says:

    I don’t know whether to comment, like or just keep this stupid grin on my face and be anonymous! Finally I have stumbled across someone else who indulges in mindless, engaging activities like myself. I just started a blog for the sole purpose of a place to put all the photography shit I end up with after entertaining my monkey mind with with their version of what you are calling Topazified.

    I’m not looking for publicity for my blog because I have it set on private for fear nobody would understand the type of photography? or artwork? I am trying to represent. I do it to give the monkeys an outlet so I can get some fucking sleep at night!!!!

    LOVE, LOVE YOUR BLOG AND ALL THE TOPAZIFYING! Mind if I follow? To late, I already hit the follow button. ;)

    Liked by 1 person

    • disperser says:

      Feel free to follow, you have my permission . . . too late, you already did.

      Seriously, please note I have a varied range of posts and playing with photos is a relatively small number of them (although, given the number of posts, it’s still a large number). That said, most people learn to ignore stuff they’re not interested in like my fiction and opinion writing.

      Regardless, thanks for the follow and hope there’s enough here to make it a worthwhile decision.

      Liked by 1 person

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