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Set Fire to the Rain


Posted by david fletcher on Fri May 08, 2020 11:59 am

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Taken in the Scottish Highlands one February.  D800 and Nikon 70-200 2.8 II.  Bit of Topaz Glow and some blending.  

(The title comes from the feeling of fire in the foreground pines, and that song by Adele, where there is a side to you I never knew.)

Been a time since I played with Topaz.  Blasted update threw all my easy routes and had to re-learn. 

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by Carol Clarke on Fri May 08, 2020 12:43 pm
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I know what you mean about the Topaz updates - I was quite happy with the old ones! A new learning curve. I love what you've done with this Scottish scene, Dave. Just the right amount of conversion to highlight the foreground 'fire pines' and they dance beautifully against the darker forest background and the ground beneath. Well done!!

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by david fletcher on Fri May 08, 2020 1:19 pm
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Carol Clarke wrote:
I know what you mean about the Topaz updates - I was quite happy with the old ones!  A new learning curve.  I love what you've done with this Scottish scene, Dave.  Just the right amount of conversion to highlight the foreground 'fire pines' and they dance beautifully against the darker forest background and the ground beneath.  Well done!!

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Thanks Carol.  Darn updates.   "where were all this lovely bits I could find.... aaaah !)  
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by Carol Clarke on Fri May 08, 2020 1:39 pm
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david fletcher wrote:
Carol Clarke wrote:
I know what you mean about the Topaz updates - I was quite happy with the old ones!  A new learning curve.  I love what you've done with this Scottish scene, Dave.  Just the right amount of conversion to highlight the foreground 'fire pines' and they dance beautifully against the darker forest background and the ground beneath.  Well done!!

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Thanks Carol.  Darn updates.   "where were all this lovely bits I could find.... aaaah !)  




I have yet to sit down and have a proper session trying the new version......I knew where I was with the old one..... :oops: 

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by david fletcher on Fri May 08, 2020 2:18 pm
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Carol Clarke wrote:
david fletcher wrote:
Carol Clarke wrote:
I know what you mean about the Topaz updates - I was quite happy with the old ones!  A new learning curve.  I love what you've done with this Scottish scene, Dave.  Just the right amount of conversion to highlight the foreground 'fire pines' and they dance beautifully against the darker forest background and the ground beneath.  Well done!!

Carol.



Thanks Carol.  Darn updates.   "where were all this lovely bits I could find.... aaaah !)  




I have yet to sit down and have a proper session trying the new version......I knew where I was with the old one..... :oops: 

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On the same hymn sheet Carol.  Truly, I know exactly what you mean.  

Trouble is, trying to produce an image via Topaz Glow is an emotional directive and moving the goalposts immediately adds other emotions such as frustration, anxiety and rejection.  Bother!

Still not done a proper session but uncovered enough today.  Daft programmers and poor marketing.  Need to take on board existing users as well as chasing new business.  (they wouldn't notice any difference not having prior experience).   
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by Mark Boranyak on Fri May 08, 2020 5:50 pm
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Looks like it didn't take you too long to re-master it  :)

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by Ron Day on Fri May 08, 2020 7:36 pm
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You certainly mastered the technique of adding flames to trees, Dave. Exceptional job. I also like the way you handled the background evergreens and the stream. Well done!!!
 

by John Labrenz on Fri May 08, 2020 7:53 pm
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Absolutely love this!!!!
 

by david fletcher on Sat May 09, 2020 4:41 am
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Thank you all for your kind words. Appreciated.
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by Eia on Sat May 09, 2020 4:55 pm
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That is 'electrifying'! Very cool!!
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by Cynthia Crawford on Sat May 09, 2020 7:19 pm
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Not sure what trouble you had with this! ;). Looks great- the "fire" is so well done, as are the flaming trees arising. So dynamic and dramatic. Love it! (Have not updated Topaz, so not sure what happened....maybe I shouldn't update !?)
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by david fletcher on Tue May 12, 2020 2:34 pm
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Thank you Editors and NSN for the EP. A real honour.
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