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From November 25th through November 30th, Topaz Labs is offering 50% off of the complete Topaz Photography Collection. Whether you want to achieve stunning photo enhancements or apply artistic effects, this unique collection has you covered.
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Take your photography to the next level. With winter on the way, it’s the perfect time to explore your creativity, experiment and play!
You can even download the entire collection for a Free Trial. Just remember, the sale ends November 30th!
Making A New Friend
Sometimes the best subjects literally appear in front of you. Such was the case when I was visiting Mill Pond Park in Rockport, Massachusetts, in July. There I was, kneeling at the water’s edge, when this delightful blue dasher dragonfly landed on this twig suspended over the pond.
Always one to talk to dragonflies, I was quite pleased when my voice clearly captured this little one’s attention. He rested there for quite some time, continually tilting his head from side to side as if enthralled with what I was saying.
A Thought Away
While it might be the middle of winter now here in New England, spring is just a thought away in my mind. I can’t wait for the warm weather to return and the next generation of dragonflies to appear. We certainly seem to have mutual admiration for one another.
~ Liz Mackney
Brrr… It’s Cold Outside!
Having just experienced our first real arctic blast here in New England, I thought a creative indoor macro shoot would take the chill out of my bones. One of the easiest and most colorful subjects to shoot on such a day is the magic of mixing oil & water. To learn more about what the process involves, click here for my previous post on this subject.
What appeals to me most about this particular oil & water image is the variety of different size bubble clusters, as well as the appearance of bubbles within bubbles. You’ll soon discover that oil & water images can vary greatly from one another. The visual elements that have the greatest influence include:
> Number of bubbles
> Size of bubbles
> Position of bubbles
> Background Colors and Patterns
You have the power to influence all of those elements. That means the possibilities are endless. And you can even take your images a step further. Click here to see what I mean.
So if winter has you inside more often than you’d like, and you’re looking for an interesting macro subject to shoot, give oil & water a try and put your creativity to the test.
~ Liz Mackney
Ordinary to Extraordinary
Push pins might not be considered the most exciting macro subject to photograph, but I do like a creative challenge. Sure, there might be an interesting perspective or detail that can be captured. But I wanted to go beyond that and knew that Topaz Glow, the new software from Topaz Labs, could help me turn the ordinary into something extraordinary.
With over 70 hand-crafted presets, Topaz Glow gives you plenty of options with which to play — and which you can customize to match what your creative eye envisions.
Free Trial Available
Like all of the Topaz Labs software programs, a 30-day free trial is available for you to try out Topaz Glow to your heart’s content. And if new software intimidates you, fear not. Topaz Labs Webinars and their free online tutorials are just a click away.
With nothing to lose and everything creatively to gain, a 30-day free trial is a pretty sweet deal. Give it a try to see what you can create!
~ Liz Mackney
Mark Your Calendar!
It’s that time of year again. Chilly temperatures, pumpkin pies, and Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales!
From November 28th through December 1st, Topaz Labs is offering their Topaz Photography Collection (all 15 products) for only $249.99. Whether you want to achieve stunning photo enhancements or apply artistic effects, this unique collection has you covered.
Any time between Friday, November 28th, and Monday, December 1st, simply CLICK HERE and enter this coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY2014
I love the Topaz Collection. Don’t miss this great opportunity to take your photography to the next level!
The Identity Hunt
I’ve always loved this image, but have been frustrated by not knowing the name of the flower. I took this shot back in July 2012. It identity has remained a question at the back of my mind.
While flower photography is considered by some a forte of mine, I definitely lag behind in knowing the names of many of my garden subjects. Today, however, I was determined to find out the identity of this beauty.
At first I thought this might be a variety of coreopsis. Google and I spend a great deal of time together reviewing hundreds of coreopsis images. However, it was the flower’s uniformly serrated petal tips that kept steering me away from a coreopsis conclusion.
Expanding My Search
This morning I decided to see I could finally solve the mystery. While out running errands, I stopped off at my nearby mini garden center to see if they might know the answer. I had already downloaded the image to my iPhone, so I was armed and ready. After all, a picture is worth… well, you know.
Special thanks to Ace Hardware’s Linda Hogan for patiently combing through her flower reference book with me in search of this flower’s true identity — Heliopsis. Well, at least that’s what we believe. However, if we’re wrong, feel free to leave a comment here and further educate me. I love to learn!
~ Liz Mackney