Autumn is my favourite season. After the heat of summer, the cooler days and evenings leave you feeling so much more energised – mind you, autumn temperatures here are still in the low 30Cs with 35C forecast on Wednesday. But with any luck, the temperatures will start falling slowly until it gets to that time when I shall moan about the cold!
Anyway, in the spirit of awesome autumn, I’ve been creating some digital art from photos I took of another fireworks exhibition on Friday night (thank you so much, Merit Hotels, for our free fireworks displays on our doorstep!), plus some earlier artwork of astronomite patterns and autumn leaves. Over that I added an image of some gazania flowers. And then I started playing around with Photoshop plug-ins from Topaz – I’d actually forgotten I had one of them. It was great fun and shows you what you can on-line in the way of artwork these days. I must say, I do miss my glitter, but I much prefer the tidy workshop I have now!
These are the results, with the last photo being an adjustment I made to the pink photo. I thought the pink photo looked a bit wishy-washy so I went back to PicMonkey, and worked on that image with the “effects” section, adding “clarity”, “sharpening”, and then working on the “exposure” with the brightness and sharpness and contrast buttons.
I thought this time I’d describe how I’ve worked on these images so you get some insight into what you can do with digital photography and the various programmes available. With the Topaz plug-ins, I’ve waited until they’ve been on special and bought each plug-in which I thought was useful to me. I didn’t want all of them as I feel you can get to wrapped up in fiddling with digital photography and art to get “just the right image” when often less is best.