Category Archives: Topaz B&W Effects

Black Friday Deals!

It’s that time! BLACK FRIDAY!  At least you’ll not have to fight the lines at the stores for these great deals! 

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Fuji X-E1 – 55-200 lens – Cape Cod.

 

TOPAZ LABS    

From 11/28/13 through 12/2/13, Topaz will be offering a crazy good deal for their complete collection. Normally $379.99 it will be just $199.99. Just click the link and use the code blackfriday2013 to get the special price. This is a NO BRAINER!!  

TOTALLY RAD

Everything Totally Rad will be on sale, 35% off on November 29th only.  Click this link and use the code BLACKFRIDAY2013 at checkout. 

OnOne Software

The all new Perfect Photo Suite 8 has been released TODAY!  Use the code BARCLAYPHOTO and save 15%. 

FLYPAPER TEXTURES

Still my favorite textures and they are having their first ever BLACK FRIDAY SALE.  Starting on Friday the 29th through the 3rd of December, save 25% with the code JBARCLAY  Check out their newly released pack that works with Nik Color Efex Pro 4.0  

HOODMAN

The best memory cards on the market.  Hoodman just introduced a new H-line of SD cards and of course their now collapsable HOODLOUPE 3.0 is indispensable.  Use the code JBP10 for a 10% discount.

ALIEN SKIN SOFTWARE

The new Snap Art 4.0 is out!  I’ll be doing a video tutorial in the near future.  All things Alien are 10% off with the code JBW1321 

Man, time flies!

I’m still into the archives looking at unprocessed files for fun.  These images were made back in 2009!  My Mom was right, time goes faster the older you get!

I was in a creative mood last night as I worked on these images.  I hope you enjoy.  Topaz B&W was used to create the looks in all images.

 

Turn Around

This image was made as we were happily shooting the wonderful sunset at the Lake Hotel.   The clouds were amazing and the reflections stunning.  It was hard to take your eyes off of the constantly changing scene.  That said, I’ve taught myself to always turn around and look at what is happening behind me.  Too many times I’ve missed the best light because I was so mesmerized by what I was shooting.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe we should WORK the scene we are drawn too.  I’m just saying take a minute to turn around and see what is happening there too.  When I turned around the light on this lovely tree was, well, yummy.  I had the wrong lens on and the light was changing quickly so I just shot it wide knowing I could crop the 24 megapixel just fine later.  Two things caught my eye, the light and the beautiful graphic nature of the tree.  Ultimately I’ve chosen the B&W version as I felt it focused the eye on the graphic design.  A color version is included below with a slightly different crop as well.

Moral of the story, turn around, especially for sunrise and sunset shoots.

The Bookshelf

This is from Fonthill, Henry Mercer’s dream home.  It is a very tight space overlooking a spacious room. A balcony if you will, with a railing that I’m leaning against.  There is a large window just off to the right, illuminating the edges of the books and floor.  This is what I wanted to bring out in my processing, the light.  Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2.0 is truly an amazing tool for this type of work.  That said, I also love B&W Effects from Topaz and created the alternate faded color version below.  Neither is better than the other, just different.   Let me know if its time to do a video tutorial on Silver Efex Pro?  This image might be a good choice for that.  And remember to check out the discount page for discounts on the software I use.

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