November 1, 2018
This is a photo that I took while we were exploring Ireland. I used the Topaz Simplify and a painting filter overlay. I like the way it turned out, and I’m thinking I may enlarge this to add to my photography collection on the patio. Not sure yet as all the other photos that I’ve included in the collection are straight up photographs of mine, with no manipulation. I’ll let you know if I decide to go with it on the patio.
“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” ~ John W. Gardner
This turned out great! A beautifully composed photo turned into art.
Digital manipulation of photos can be addicting. I find that transformations like this can come closer to matching what is stored in the mind's eye, the memory, than an unaltered photo. You get to emphasize the things that are really important to you, and discard the 'noise'.
I love Topaz Simplify, and you used it perfectly here. My only suggestion would be to clone out the sign at the side of the road, so it is just the beautiful foliage, the cyclist and an open road. Since you are varying from reality, why not create it however you want. Maybe even tone down or clone out the bright spots at the left side of the road, as they are a bit of a distraction. I love it as it is, but just something to consider.