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This image was made in the front yard of the agraturismo where we stay in Tuscany. We had just returned from a long day. It looked like the shooting was over so we headed “home.” Then, as we came to dinner this happened! Needless to say, dinner took a backseat for about a half hour. Even the owners of the agraturismo said this kind of situation does not happen too often. It was pretty special. Both the light and the double rainbow.
A reminder about my Topaz Webinar next Tuesday June 30th at 5PM est. You can sign up by clicking this link. I hope to see you there!
I will be presenting another webinar for Topaz today. At the request of many, I will work on fewer images. This will allow me to cover more detail as to how I use Photoshop along with Topaz Plug-Ins. I will spend a bit more time covering layers and layer masking which allows me to add or remove an effect that I have created in Topaz.
I will cover B&W Effects 2, the new Impression (Image below created with Impression) and Clarity. I will also introduce the brand new GLOW!
I hope to see you there.
There is still time to sign up today, click on this link.
Topaz is jumping into the BLACK FRIDAY game with a crazy 42% off of their entire collection!! Click the link and use the code BLACKFRIDAY2014. The deal is good from November 28th to December 1st.
Totally Rad is doing 35% off of any of there tremendous plug-ins. I love and use their Dirty Pictures texture plug-in all the time! Use BLACKFRIDAY2014 for their discount too. The discount is only available on Friday the 28th.
Details: Creative Kit Plus includes 4 award-winning Mac photo software products worth $210 (if purchased separately) for JUST $129.99. Nearly 40% off (an $80 savings). Plus, customers from the United States get a $25 gift card of their choice from the Amazon or iTunes stores with purchase of the Creative Kit Plus.
And of course as mentioned in my last post, don’t miss the great deal on Perfectly Clear! Because I’m an affiliate, I am able to offer an additional 5% off of their already great deal of 40% for Black Friday. Click on THIS LINK and then use the code BARCLAY at check out for the extra savings.
Thank you, to the almost 2,000 people that signed up for my Topaz Webinar on Tuesday afternoon. From the feedback, it seems to have been successful. My friends at Topaz have made the special webinar discount code available to share on my blog. If you want to save 30% on any Topaz products including the new Impression (which I love) or the full suite, use the code barclayweb13 at check out. The discount code is only valid through Saturday, November 1st.
The blog image below from Childs Park in PA, is one where I used Topaz Clarity in my demo. Clarity allowed me to add subtle local contrast adding “pop” to this image. It also gave me the ability to add vibrance and saturation to the colors making them look as I recall when shooting it.
There is still time to register and attend my Topaz webinar this afternoon. Here is a link to do so, https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/361809535. I’ll cover the new IMPRESSION as well as DETIAL, CLARITY and B&W EFFECTS 2. And because many are asking in my workshops, I’ll touch on my approach to RAW processing before I use Topaz plug-ins. Hope to see you there!
This image is my homage to my friend Bill Strom who passed from cancer three years ago. One of his last projects was to photograph color behind fallen leaves. Miss you Bill!
I (we) had the good fortune of accidentally running into Michael Kahn, a wonderful B&W film photographer, specializing in boats and seascapes. I had just seen his work at the Focus Gallery in Chatham and was very impressed. We were shooting in Chatham, when he and his wife stopped while riding their bicycles to engage our group and enquire as to what we were doing. What impressed me most about Michael, was his humble demeanor. What a wonderful, engaging, and nice person. Before we knew who he was, someone had asked if he was a photographer too. His reply was something like, “yes, I like to make photographs” No bragging about being in the high end gallery or anything like that. Just that he too loved to make photographs. He shoots with 4×5 and medium format film cameras and prints all of his prints in a wet darkroom. They are a sight to behold in person!
I purchased his terrific book “The Spirit of Sailing” at the gallery and was inspired to make the image presented in my post today. Yes this is the same yellow Dory that I’ve posted previously. If you like sailing or boats, I highly recommend his book which can be purchased at the Focus Gallery online.
My friends at Topaz Labs have released a wonderful new product called Impression. Impression is a faux painting program and is quite good. If you purchase before the end of the month you’ll save 25% using the code SEPIMPRESSION at checkout. Click this link to take you to the site. If you like a painterly look to your images you’ll like this new product.
Athentech the makers of Perfectly Clear have just released version 2.0 of their fine software that I’ve been using and blogging about recently. With the new release, they have lowered the purchase price and if you click this link you’ll save an additional 10%.
Thank you to those who attended my Topaz Webinar yesterday. Just a reminder that you can save 30% on anything in your CART by using the code barclayweb12 at checkout. Or you can save 50% if you are just buying Topaz Adjust by using the code barclayadjust. 30% off of the entire suite of plug-ins is a really great deal. The codes are only valid through 9-1-14 so don’t miss out.
The blog image is from one of our favorite stops in the Palouse! We call it Auntie Em’s house.
It’s that time! BLACK FRIDAY! At least you’ll not have to fight the lines at the stores for these great deals!
Fuji X-E1 – 55-200 lens – Cape Cod.
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!!
Everything Totally Rad will be on sale, 35% off on November 29th only. Click this link and use the code BLACKFRIDAY2013 at checkout.
The all new Perfect Photo Suite 8 has been released TODAY! Use the code BARCLAYPHOTO and save 15%.
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
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
My friends at Topaz have asked me to help them introduce their brand new ReStyle. Next Thursday, (Time TBD but probably 5 EST) I’ll do just that with a webinar.
The two images below were ReStyled with Topaz.
It is a fun time in the photo processing world, so many good and FUN tools being introduced. It sure makes for super creative fun! Click the flashing picture above and use the code restyleit to save 50% until 8/31/13.
I’ve just passed 101,000 views on my blog. I think that deserves a big thank you and a bit of a celebration! Thanks to all who are regular visitors. I appreciate your interest, comments and loyalty. Thanks also to those who come to my blog via the webinars I do for my friends at Topaz. And thank you to the great affiliates that I represent. I appreciate your support as well.
Today’s image is from Ireland. I’ve posted a similar image before, however, this time I ran it through Topaz Clarity. WOW! I love this piece of software. It makes this image almost three dimensional on my screen. I’m including the original “finished” image below for your comparison. If you have not yet purchased Clarity today is the last day of the $29.99 price. After today it goes to $49.99. Click this link and use the code claritynew to get the special price.