I know this probably doesn’t look like it was shot with a Nikon, but read on.
This is a shot I took while I was down on the central coast of CA for christmas. I went out to catch the sunset at one of my favorite spots, Oso Flaco Lake, which is where this whole blog began btw. I initially went out there to get shots of the boardwalk over the water, but there were all kinds of people on it, so plan b was photos of birds and abstract shots.
I didn’t bring my zoom lens with me, mainly because I don’t like the image quality it gives me, so I had to use a 50mm, which doesn’t give nearly enough reach when shooting birds. I made the image work by cropping in much tighter. Luckily, today’s sensors are big enough to do such things without ending up with a 1″x3″ image.
I like painterly images, but I don’t do many painterly edits on my Mac. I think part of the reason for that was the lack of a good app, or workflow for it. Enter Topaz Labs and their latest software, Impressions. After playing with just a few images in it, I’m hooked. There are so many great presets, and you can use Impressions as a standalone editor, or as a plugin for LR and PS.
I really loved how this edit affected the trees in the background. They were a little busy in the original, but now they’re smooth and have good lines.
If you want to try Impressions, go here and start a free trial. The price is still a bit steep at $99, but there are always coupon codes for Topaz floating around.