Digital Marble – The Hay Field Flowers

Original photo

I decided to try an HDR technique to add more “dynamic range” (the ratio of light to dark) to the photo. I used a program called Topaz Studio and applied one of their filters to add the increased depth I was looking for. (Have you test driven Topaz Studio yet?)

Then I tried another filter – the field rendered as a drawing!

Back in GIMP (my standard editing program) I cropped the photo into a square, and applied the Darla Amazing Circle filter.

10 thoughts on “Digital Marble – The Hay Field Flowers

    1. Topaz Studio is a new product, apparently. I’m just learning what all it can do. I really like that you can save your settings as a named filter, then use that filter for another photo. You can also download filters that others have saved.

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        1. I used to use PS Elements, but I got tired of the ‘Adobe way’, if you know what I mean. GIMP gives you a lot more flexibility…

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          1. I’ve never really had the chance to use any of the Adobe products, but it does make me laugh, when many photographers won’t use anything other than there products, technically speaking, a good photographer should be able to use any software, and like you said, Gimp is very flexible. It’s like Open Office, and so much other open source software………………..I take my hat off to all those programmers who build up these projects πŸ™‚


      1. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to wait to try out this version of the topaz software, my wee laptop doesn’t have enough processing power, or a good enough graphics card 😦
        But by the time I need to replace this, I’m sure I’ll be able to use it on the next pc πŸ™‚


          1. I can’t complain about this laptop either Margy, when I bought my previous pc 15 years ago, I couldn’t imagine ever needing anything better. This laptop was bought 5 years ago, was half the price, and had three times the specs! Lol!!! So in another 5 years, I should be able to get something that only 20 years ago could not have even existed!!!! Technology is moving stupidly quickly! πŸ™‚


  1. I’ve never been much of a photographer, myself. When I were a lad I had one of them old-fashioned cameras, you know, the ones with actual film in them that you had to take out and get developed. For a while there I took what I thought were some quite interesting shots — they were at all sorts of crazy angles; but then I was told I was “doing it wrong”, which kind of killed my enthusiasm. I think since then there’s some geezer who’s made a fortune, essentially doing what I was doing? Ho, hum….

    As for digital image tools, I’ve been using Paint Shop Pro (version 6) for years. It does what I need it to do. I’ve heard of GIMP, but never found a reason to try it. This Topaz thingy does look interesting; I followed the ‘free trials‘ link on their site but I was a bit put off by the fact that that actually takes you to a ‘downloads’ page featuring no mention of ‘free trials’ at all, and a confusing assortment of no fewer than eight different products to choose from. I think someone needs to tell them to use the KISS principle.


    1. I see the free trials link takes you to Topaz Studio 2 with the ‘Try for free’ link being next to the ‘Buy Now’ link. Then you enter your email address to get the free trial. I didn’t proceed with that so don’t know how the new free trial compares to the version 1 free trial!

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