This week's PhotoArt Friday challenge was to dig into our archives and find a photograph that never received the attention it deserved. The ideas rolled around in my brain for a few days until I was inspired by a Monet-esque water lily print hanging on the wall of my room at the retreat center where we stayed last weekend.
On a visit to the Biltmore mansion in late 2008, I captured these water lilies that I've always loved. I was shooting with a Nikon D40 back then and probably still would be had I not dropped it in the bathroom. Right before I sat down to work with this image, I read about the Topaz Labs plugin and decided to do a little experimenting. The image above is the result. I used the PDPA "Impressionistic Music" and "Dappled Dawn" textures along with the "Pyschadelic" adjustment in Topaz. In addition, I played with the artistic effect in Photoshop and applied the "Angled Stroke" effect. Its not exactly impressionistic, but I was pleased with the results so I stopped there.
But, I didn't stop playing with Topaz Labs. I still haven't made it past Adjust 5 as there are so many possibilities. All these images came from that Biltmore trip and all were processed using Topaz. For "jumpers" like me, it is super easy to dive in and play around right away.