I’ve never been very competent with Post Processing, and as a result I’ve usually kept my images pretty much as they came out of the camera. Yes, I have cropped, straightened horizons, tweaked the exposure and contrast a bit, but much beyond that has usually defeated me. On rare occasions, I have also tried a bit of HDR, usually with disappointing results. I don’t often go outside Lightroom for my editing. I not keen on spending too much time sitting at my computer, but sometimes I would like to add a little emphasis or drama to an image, as long as it isn’t too difficult.
Because of recommendations from friends, in a weak moment I bought a bundle of plug-ins from Topaz Labs, hoping that this would ease my way to more satisfying and dramatic photos. The temptation of a special offer had proved too much! To be honest, I suspect that I may have wasted my money, because there is still going to be a learning curve for which I may well find that I do not have the time or patience.
This image is a variation of one that I took about 5 years ago, before I bought my first DSLR. I caught the lamb peering at me from behind this old cannon by Abbotsbury Gardens, in Dorset. The camera used was a Sony DSC-H1, and it’s small sensor made it difficult to create any real ‘Depth of Field’ blur in an image. This shot was sharp from front to back, so I thought it might be a good candidate to try Topaz Lens Effects on. I didn’t try to get too serious with the multitude of tweaks available. I just used the DOF blur feature and a little vignette, to attempt to bring some focus onto the lamb’s face. Bearing in mind how little effort I put into this, I think it’s fairly convincing, at least to me.